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Thousands protest election fraud in south Russia

MOSCOW: Thousands of protesters have gathered in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan to support a hunger-striking politician who alleges fraud during a recent mayoral election. Russia

Published: 14th April 2012 09:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 07:31 PM   |  A+A-

MOSCOW: Thousands of protesters have gathered in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan to support a hunger-striking politician who alleges fraud during a recent mayoral election.

Russian news reports cited police as saying three people have been detained. Police estimated 350 people showed up, but video streamed from the protest site showed a much larger throng.

The Saturday rally is the latest in a string of sometimes massive protests since December's fraud-tainted national parliament election. The opposition has placed much of the blame for that election on Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Oleg Shein, a member of the Just Russia party who ran for mayor in Astrakhan, has been on a hunger strike for a month. He and supporters allege rampant fraud in favor of a Kremlin-backed candidate.

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