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Russian opposition activists rally on Red Square

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April 8, 2012, 6:25 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Opposition supporters wearing white ribbons walk in a circle hand to hand during a protest at the Red Square in Moscow, Sunday, April 8, 2012. Opposition activists called for supporters to walk around Red Square on Sunday wearing the white ribbons that have become a symbol of the protest movement against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Putin will begin serving a third presidential term in May.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have allowed several hundred opposition activists to gather on Red Square, but later arrested a prominent opposition leader when she tried to put up a tent there. Opposition supporters wearing white ribbons, the symbol of peaceful protest against Vladimir Putin's rule, walked around the square Sunday under close watch by police.

But Yevgeniya Chirikova, the leader of the Khimki Forest group, was quickly arrested along with several other activists when she tried to put up a small tent on the square.

Putin faced unprecedented protests by tens of thousands of people in the months before the presidential election in March. Since his victory, the street protests have dwindled.
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