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In pictures: Anti-Putin rally quashed

Opposition demonstrators hold flares during a protest march in Moscow.

Police in Russia have blocked an unauthorised protest against President Vladimir Putin.

The Other Russia opposition movement activists walk during a rally in central Moscow.

The demonstrators - of the Other Russia grouping - were trying to reach Pushkin Square in central Moscow.

Opposition demonstrators holding their parties' flags march during a protest in Moscow.

In small groups holding flags aloft, they began converging.

Riot police officers run to block the way to opposition demonstrators.

But about 9,000 police had been deployed to block their access routes.

An opposition supporter shows the Russian constitution to interior troops soldiers blocking the way.

Faced with an impenetrable wall of determination - this woman shows the policeman a copy of her rights enshrined in the Russian constitution.

Riot police officers detain opposition demonstrators during a protest in Moscow.

Moments later, clashes began as demonstrators tried to get through.

Russian police detain an opposition protester during a protest against Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin.

At least 170 were arrested.

Russian former world chess champion and opposition leader Gary Kasparov (C) gestures as he speaks during a rally in central Moscow.

Among those detained, former chess world champion Gary Kasparov - one of the leaders of the protest.

Riot police officers detain a group of journalists during a protest march in Moscow.

But journalists were not spared either.

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