Several thousand Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday to protest against President Vladimir Putin and a recent crackdown on social activists as well as Putin's political opponents.
Protesters chanted "Putin is a thief" and "Freedom to political prisoners!" as they marched, carrying flags and portraits of those viewed as victims of Putin's political persecution, including jailed former Yukos oil chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky members of the female punk band Pussy Riot and the 30 jailed activists from the Greenpeace arictic ship and the crew of the Greenpeace ship arictic sunrise and those imprisoned after participating in May 2012 in a demonstration on the eve of the inauguration of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin for a third term.
Police estimated the number of protesters to 4,500. According to AFP reporters on the spot, they were at least 6000.