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Thousands sign up for new Russian protest

MOSCOW - More than 40,000 Russians have signed up to protest in Moscow on Saturday against a disputed election, dismissing Kremlin promises of political change that could ease Vladimir Putin's grip on power.
The rally follows protests by tens of thousands of people across Russia on Dec. 10 and is intended to pile pressure on the prime minister, who has responded with only minor concessions and seems confident of winning a presidential poll in March.Bringing together liberals, nationalists, anarchists, environmentalists and urban youth, protest organizers have sometimes struggled to agree on how to proceed, holding long debates over who should speak or who should lead the movement.
They eventually settled on a list of 19 speakers that includes former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, rock singer Yuri Shevchuk and writer Boris Akunin.
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