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Russian artists parade their creations in protest

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May 20, 2012, 1:02 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

People walk along a street in downtown Moscow during a writers march lead by opposition literary activists in Moscow, , Sunday, May 13, 2012. Prominent Russian novelists and poets led a street protest by more than 10,000 people in Moscow on Sunday without obtaining the required permit, and police did not intervene. The demonstrators skirted the law by remaining silent and carrying no posters, even though the demonstration had clearly been organized as an anti-President Vladimir Putin rally. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

Moscow (AP) — Russian artists have pushed their creations on carts through the boulevards of central Moscow in the latest protest against President Vladimir Putin. The civic action comes a week after prominent Russian novelists and poets led more than 10,000 people on a "stroll" through the city.

Several hundred people accompanied the artists and their wacky — and in some cases politicized — creations Saturday in a protest timed to coincide with Museum Night, when Moscow's museums are open late with special exhibitions and performances.

Opposition protests drew tens of thousands over the winter as Putin prepared to return to the presidency. Since his inauguration on May 7, activists have tried to maintain the momentum by camping out on Moscow squares, but police have chased them away from one location after another.
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