Violence And Arrests As Thousands Protest Russian Election

Russia Protests Election 2012

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Tens of thousands of Russians took to the street today, both protesting against and for the returning Russian president, Vladimir Putin.Hundreds of arrests occurred, including that of popular blogger Alexey Navalny, and Time magazine’s Simon Shuster tweets that the police were at times violent.

Police were well prepared for the rally in central Moscow.

Opposition figures, such as New Jersey Nets owner and presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, attended the protest at Pushkin Square

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The protest was peaceful, but when a few hundred protestors wouldn't leave police swept in

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In another downtown Moscow Square, a pro-Putin camp gathered

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Early estimates put the pro-Putin number in the tens of thousands.

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At least 250 people were arrested.

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including influential blogger Alexey Navalny, who tweeted this picture from the police van

Around 2,000 anti-Putin protestors also gathered in St Petersburg

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300 people were arrested in the second largest Russian city

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