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Yakunin: Crowds do not define public will

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The decision of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to stand for president in next month's election has divided Russians. Tens of thousands of people have marched in Moscow to protest over Putin's grip on power. Supporters of the Russian Prime Minister have also held their own rallies.

Stephen Sackur talks to Vladimir Yakunin - the boss of state-owned Russian Railways and a close Putin ally - about the the recent protests.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Monday 6 February at 0430, 0930, and 1530 and on BBC News Channel at 0030 and 0430 GMT on Tuesday 6 February.

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