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Russian protests quashed on day 2

Activist leaders sentenced to jail

By Ellen Barry
New York Times / December 7, 2011
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Russian authorities acted decisively to quash a second day of anti-government protests yesterday, flooding the appointed site with throngs of pro-government activists who banged on drums to drown out the chants of “Russia without Putin’’ and “Down with Putin.’’ Several hundred opposition protesters convened in a central square, hoping to maintain the momentum created on Monday, when as many as 5,000 protested over reports of alleged fraud in parliamentary elections. The crowd that formed yesterday, however, was rapidly choked off by lines of riot police.

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