Russians March Against Putin

The night before the march, authorities raided the home of organizer Alexei Navalny and other activists. But an estimated 15,000 Russians, from liberals to nationalists, took to the streets of Moscow today to protest Vladimir Putin’s rule.

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Opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny’s apartment in the wake of a police search in Moscow June 11, 2012. Russian police raided opposition leaders’ homes on Monday and summoned them for questioning, disrupting plans for a protest against President Vladimir Putin and suggesting he has lost patience with unrest.

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Russian security servicemen leave with items from Alexei Navalny’s apartment.

@nikbatalov: “You’re sitting at the computer? You see this picture? Get up and go!”

‏@aleshru: “10,000 people.”

Hundreds of different flags stud protests on Moscow streets.
@HouseSJ9: “According to the police this is 15,000 people.”

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Advocates of gay rights are among those joining the marches after Russian lawmakers banned Russia Pride last week for 100 years, until 2112.

@Bersik_Girl: Her uncle brought an inflatable contraceptive to the protest, referencing Putin’s confusion of white protest ribbons with condoms.

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@jasoncacoran: “Always look on the bright side of life: ‘there is no hope, Putin will kill us all” #МаршМиллионов http://yfrog.com/esn3gxnj”

@lucky_delf: “We arrived at the Sakharov, they were waiting.”

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Russian nationalists prepare to march during an anti-government protest in Moscow June 12, 2012. Thousands of Russians said they would defy Kremlin pressure and attend a march in Moscow on Tuesday to protest against President Vladimir Putin, shrugging off his tough new tactics to quash any challenge to his rule.

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Russian nationalists march through the crowd during an anti-government protest in Moscow June 12, 2012.

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Russian nationalists march together after an anti-government protest.

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Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an awards ceremony for achievements in culture and science in Moscow’s Kremlin June 12, 2012. Thousands of Russians chanted “Russia will be free” in a march through Moscow on Tuesday to protest against Putin, shrugging off his tough new tactics intended to quash any challenge to his rule.

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