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Playinghardball Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 05:50 PM
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Russian police, protesters clash for 3rd night
Source: MSNBC

Police in Russia's two largest cities arrested scores of demonstrators Wednesday in a third straight night of protests against alleged election fraud by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

The demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg appeared to attract fewer protesters than in previous days, roughly 300 in each city, but Russians' willingness to risk jail time and clashes with police indicates significant anger.

Russian police, who gave a show of force Wednesday, have detained more than 1,000 people since Monday.

Hundreds of helmeted riot police blocked off a Moscow square after nightfall Wednesday, pushing back reporters and shouting through loudspeakers: "Respected citizens, please do not stop, walk on your way so as not to hinder others."

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