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In pictures: Russian demonstrations

A Russian Communist Party supporter holds a pictures of late Soviet leaders Vladimir Lenin (L) and Josef Stalin during an anti-government rally in the centre of Moscow

Thousands of people have held rallies across Russia, protesting at the government's handling of the economy.

Russian Communist Party supporter holds a poster reading "No to unemployment!" during an anti-government rally in central Moscow

With the economy in deep trouble and unemployment rising rapidly, many fear what the future could hold. This protester's placard reads simply "No to unemployment".

Russian Communist Party supporters hold a poster featuring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during pro-Communist rally in the centre of Vladivostok

The biggest protests took place in the eastern city of Vladivostok, where demonstrators demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Russian government supporters shout during a pro-government rally in central Moscow

Government supporters have also been holding rallies backing President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin.

A Russian opposition supporter (R) uses a flare during a fight with a pro-government supporter (L) at an anti-government rally in central Moscow

Opposition and government supporters clashed on the streets in the capital.

Members of the National Bolshevik party are arrested by police during an anti-government rally in central Moscow

Police broke up some unsanctioned demonstrations, and there are reports that leaders of the radical National Bolshevik Party were arrested.



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