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Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests

Hundreds of youths and opposition leaders rallied to demand end to Vladimir Putin's political rule

Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Riot police detain a Russian opposition activist taking part in an unauthorised rally in central Moscow (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Riot police encircle Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov (C), detained while taking part in an unauthorised rally (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Russian police arrested dozens of activists to stop a new protest alleging that elections were rigged in favour of Vladimir Putin's ruling party (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Activists of the pro-Kremlin youth movements rally in central Moscow (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Hundreds of people took to the streets of Moscow for a second successive day on Tuesday to demand an end to Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
Police said they had detained about 250 people in central Moscow when they tried to stage an unapproved rally and held about 200 more in St Petersburg (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
After permitting the biggest opposition rally in Moscow for years on Monday evening, the police were out in large numbers (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
The Interior ministry said about 2,000 special troops were supporting almost 50,000 police, and some moved through the city centre in armored vehicles in a show of force (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
The protests are a further sign of pressure on Putin to make changes after his United Russia lost ground in a parliamentary election on Sunday (AFP/Getty Images)
Russian riot police crack down on anti-Putin protests
The election outcome highlighted growing unease with the 59-year-old leader as he plans to reclaim the presidency next year (AFP/Getty Images)