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Russian protesters block main road in Putin hometown

At least 2,000 Russian protesters broke through police lines and blocked St Petersburg’s main thoroughfare on Saturday, in an unusually bold show of opposition to the Kremlin. The demonstrators, shouting “Freedom!” and brandishing orange flares, dispersed after about one hour but earlier police in riot gear and wielding truncheons tussled with protesters. Police said they had detained about 100 people. Authorities in St Petersburg, Russia’s second city and hometown of President Vladimir Putin, forbade the protest saying it would cause too much disruption. Full Story

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