Protesters in Moscow on December 16 (ITAR-TASS)
December 16, 2006 -- Around 8,500 police have deployed in Moscow today ahead of a planned protest by opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Demonstrators are targeting what they call rampant corruption and a Kremlin crackdown on democratic freedoms.
Authorities have refused to allow opposition groups to march through the city center, and have given permission only for two separate protests.
Protest organizers, led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov, say they won't try to stage a march but that police can not stop people moving from one protest to another.
Police this week raided the offices of Kasparov's United Civic Front, saying they were looking for "extremist literature."
(AFP, ITAR-TASS, Reuters)
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
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