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Fascinating faces in a crowd of protesters in Moscow

Associated Press photographer Sergey Ponomarev found interesting characters in a crowd of tens of thousands of election fraud protesters in Moscow.

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Music teacher Liliya Mikhailovna , 63, attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow on Saturday. Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in the Russian capital Saturday in the largest protest so far against election fraud, signaling growing outrage over Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule.

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Elderly demonstrator Zoya attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.

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Ivan Nikolayevich, 74, attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow on Saturday.

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An elderly man, no name given, attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow on Saturday.

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Interpreter Ivan Neretin, 33, attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow.

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A political activist, no name given, attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow.

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A bow of blogger Makar Butkov, 22, seen as he attends a rally to protest against election fraud in Moscow.

From the full story, which describes a similar protest in St. Petersburg:

"I'm here because I'm tired of the government's lies," said Dmitry Dervenev, 47, a designer. "The prime minister insulted me personally when he said that people came to the rallies because they were paid by the U.S. State Department. I'm here because I'm a citizen of my country."

Putin accused the United States of encouraging and funding the protests to weaken Russia.

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