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Opposition group plans protests in Russia

March 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM

MOSCOW, March 16 (UPI) -- Protest organizers in Russia said they will hold two large rallies in the coming months in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Alexei Navalny, leader of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council, said the rallies, one in April and another in May, will be held under the banner "For Freedom!"

The group staged protests in advance of Putin's inauguration a year ago. A dozen people were arrested and charged with inciting violence and using violence against a police officer.

Navalny said Saturday promenades will be staged, with marchers bearing white ribbons, the group's symbol, RIA Novosti reported.

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