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March in support of fair elections in St. Petersburg

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Supporters of Russia’s non-parliamentary opposition groups marched in St. Petersburg on Saturday in support of fair elections.

Supporters of Russia’s non-parliamentary opposition groups marched in St. Petersburg on Saturday in support of fair elections.

Supporters of Russia’s non-parliamentary opposition groups marched in St. Petersburg on Saturday in support of fair elections.

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Supporters of Russia’s non-parliamentary opposition groups marched in St. Petersburg on Saturday in support of fair elections.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevActivists of the United Civil Front, the Other Russia and other leftist and nationalist groups took part in the march.

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Activists of the United Civil Front, the Other Russia and other leftist and nationalist groups took part in the march.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevOpposition figurehead and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, chess champion-turned-politician Garry Kasparov and Sergei Udaltsov, a leader of the Left Front movement, joined the march.

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Opposition figurehead and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny, chess champion-turned-politician Garry Kasparov and Sergei Udaltsov, a leader of the Left Front movement, joined the march.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevSome 25,000 people were expected to take part in the demonstration, which received an official sanction from the authorities.

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Some 25,000 people were expected to take part in the demonstration, which received an official sanction from the authorities.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevHowever, police said only 2,500 people participated in the protest, while media reports put the figure at 10,000 to 15,000.
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However, police said only 2,500 people participated in the protest, while media reports put the figure at 10,000 to 15,000.
© RIA Novosti . Alexey DanichevThe organizers initially planned to march along the central Nevsky Avenue, but the authorities moved the protest to another location in the city center.

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The organizers initially planned to march along the central Nevsky Avenue, but the authorities moved the protest to another location in the city center.

© RIA Novosti . Alexey Danichev / Go to the photo bankRiot police were deployed to the site of the protest which ended with a demonstration on central Konyushennaya Square.
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Riot police were deployed to the site of the protest which ended with a demonstration on central Konyushennaya Square.
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