1. Tens of thousands gathered in Moscow on Saturday to protest a referendum backed by the Kremlin in which Crimea would leave Ukraine and join Russia.
3. Attendees waved both Russian and Ukrainian flags, and chanted, “Say no to war” and “Putin, go away.”
4. Nearby, several thousand rallied in support of Russia in the “Brotherhood and Civil Resistance March” and wore red.
6. Russia’s state-owned television news channels only showed footage from the smaller, pro-Russian rally, and not the anti-war, anti-government one.
7. “Don’t believe it when they say that we are few, that we are weak,” said Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, during the rally. “Together we will change this country.”
A woman wearing a shirt with the words “Stop Putin.”
A couple take a photo at the protest.
10. The referendum, which will be held Sunday, has been criticized internationally as illigitimate.
11. Troops believed to be Russian entered Crimea two weeks ago, and Russia’s state-owned television news stations have alleged there has been aggression toward ethnic Russians living in the peninsula.
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