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Russian Opposition Protests Elections

Kremlin parties dominated the poll (ITAR-TASS) March 18, 2007 -- About 1,000 supporters of Russia's liberal and socialist opposition united today to protest in St. Petersburg against recent regional elections.

The demonstrators gathered around a monument to communist leader Vladimir Lenin and shouted slogans attacking President Vladimir Putin.

The elections on March 11 handed the Kremlin's supporters a hefty majority and squeezed out its most outspoken opponents.

The demonstrators in Russia's second city and Putin's hometown dispersed after about 90 minutes. Around 150 police looked over the rally.


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