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Russian police officers detain opposition leader Ilya Yashin after an unsanctioned protest in Moscow (AP)

Russian police officers detain opposition leader Ilya Yashin after an unsanctioned protest in Moscow (AP)

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Russian police officers detain opposition leader Ilya Yashin after an unsanctioned protest in Moscow (AP)

Fears were growing of clashes between police and demonstrators over today's presidential election in Russia, after calls to escalate protests against the government of Vladimir Putin.

The decision of senior co-ordinators to agree to a sanctioned protest rally in Moscow's Pushkin Square tomorrow, rather than under the walls of the Kremlin, has angered opposition supporters.


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