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    Russia Quashes Protests

    Russian police officers detain an  opposition member after he and other members marched along one of the central streets in downtown Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Several thousand people have protested in Moscow against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his party, which won the largest share of a parliamentary election that observers said was rigged. A group of several hundred then marched toward the Central Elections Commission near the Kremlin, but were stopped by riot police and taken away in buses. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

    Ivan Sekretarev / AP Photo

    Russian authorities detained 250 protesters on Tuesday, slightly less than the 300 who were arrested on Monday, when as many as 5,000 gathered in Moscow's central square alleging electoral fraud. Authorities ratcheted up security during the second day of protests, deploying thousands of troops in the capital and cuffing two opposition leaders. Ilya Yashin, a leader of the Solidarity movement, has already been sentenced to 15 days in prison for organizing an unauthorized rally. Activists continued to chant, "Russia without Putin" and called for a third round of protests on Wednesday. 

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