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Russia: Election-Season 'Hostages' Find Release

Like most Russians, Maksim Reznik knew the March 2 presidential election was sure to end in a landslide victory for Dmitry Medvedev, the anointed successor of outgoing President Vladimir Putin. But the head of the Yabloko opposition party in St. Petersburg had no idea how badly election day would end for him personally. Police detained Reznik for allegedly provoking a street fight as he left his office in the early-morning hours of March 3. A court has since charged him with verbally and physically assaulting a police officer and ordered that he remain in provisional custody for at least two months. The Yabloko party, together with human rights campaigners and a number of cultural luminaries, has cried foul and called for Reznik’s release. Full Story

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