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Russian Police Detain Dozens At Anti-Kremlin Protests

Dozens of people have been detained during anti-Kremlin protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The traditional end-of-month demonstrations are meant to assert their right to gather under the Russian Constitution.

Hundreds of people participated in the rally at Moscow's Triumph Square on December 31
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Hundreds of people participated in the rally at Moscow's Triumph Square on December 31

A demonstrator holds a portrait of jailed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky at Triumph Square.
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A demonstrator holds a portrait of jailed ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky at Triumph Square.

Well-known Russian human rights advocates Ludmila Alekseeva (center) and Lev Ponomarev (right) attended the Strategy 31 rally in Moscow.
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Well-known Russian human rights advocates Ludmila Alekseeva (center) and Lev Ponomarev (right) attended the Strategy 31 rally in Moscow.

Police officers wearing riot gear blocked off an area near Triumph Square.
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Police officers wearing riot gear blocked off an area near Triumph Square.

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among 68 people detained by riot police in Moscow.
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Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among 68 people detained by riot police in Moscow.

Masked police officers detain a demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus in Saint Petersburg during an anti-Kremlin rally on December 31. Some 50 people were arrested in St. Petersburg.
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Masked police officers detain a demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus in Saint Petersburg during an anti-Kremlin rally on December 31. Some 50 people were arrested in St. Petersburg.

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