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The aim was clear: to damage her campaign to become mayor of Khimki, a town just outside northwestern Moscow, by portraying her as a tool of the United States, which President Vladimir Putin has accused of fomenting opposition to his 12-year-rule.

Chirikova, one of the leading lights of protests this year against Putin, initially looked flustered as banknotes blew around her. But she soon regained her composure and laughed as her four hecklers unfurled a U.S. flag behind her and tried to push a small Stars and Stripes into her hand for the cameras.

Chirikova – who has been detained, treated roughly by police and received threats on her and her family because of her environmental work – is undaunted by the threat of harassment as she joins an opposition campaign to chip away at Putin’s authority by challenging his party in local elections.

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