Russian opposition leaders eye spring for renewed push

December 16, 2012 19:17

MOSCOW - Russia's opposition leaders say they will press ahead with a campaign of public rallies against President Vladimir Putin despite a modest turnout at one weekend protest in Moscow.

About 2,000 people turned out on Saturday for a rally which did not have approval from city authorities and demanded an end to Putin's 13-year rule before riot police detained four opposition leaders.

"Mass action every two to three months is necessary," Sergei Udaltsov, a protest leader with a strong following among leftist opposition members, was quoted as saying by Interfax.

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