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'March Of Millions' In Moscow
June 12, 2012 13:31 GMT
Tens of thousands of Muscovites, representing a wide range of antigovernment factions, marched through the Russian capital on June 12 to protest against the continued rule of President Vladimir Putin. (Photos by RFE/RL's Russian Service)
The anti-Putin protest drew tens of thousands of people, with some organizers placing the number as high as 100,000.
Members of a local Communist Party branch were among the factions.
Young protesters wore white ribbons, a symbol of Russia's pro-democracy movement.
One poster showed Vladimir Putin taking the mantle from authoritarian Uzbek President Islam Karimov and read, "Vova [Vladimir] -- Welcome To The Club!"
A banner carried by the opposition Solidary Movement declared "Russia Forward!"
Demonstrators carried a model of a colorful balaclava mask -- the symbol of the jailed female protesters of the punk group Pussy Riot.
"For Russia Without Putin"
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