Discuss as:

'Russia will be free': Thousands march against Putin in Moscow

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Opposition members march in Moscow on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Tens of thousands of Russians flooded Moscow's tree-lined boulevards Tuesday in the first massive protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule since his inauguration, as investigators sought to raise the heat on the opposition by summoning some of its leaders for questioning just an hour before the march.

Sergei Karpukhin / Reuters

A participant holds a T-shirt referring to Article 31 of the Russian constitution, which guarantees the right of assembly, during an anti-government protest in Moscow on June 12, 2012.

Reuters reports — Thousands of Russians chanted "Russia will be free" in a march through Moscow on Tuesday to protest against President Vladimir Putin, shrugging off his tough new tactics intended to quash any challenge to his rule.

More images of protest in Russia on PhotoBlog

"Those who fought are beyond being scared," said Valery Zagovny, a 50-year-old who served for the Soviet army in Afghanistan and was wearing the medals to prove it. "Let those behind the red-toothed walls of the Kremlin be scared." Read the full story.

Alexander Nemenov / AFP - Getty Images

Opposition activists rally in Moscow on June 12, 2012.

Ria Novosti via Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an awards ceremony for achievements in culture and science in Moscow's Kremlin on June 12, 2012.

Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP

Riot police form a line as opposition members march in central Moscow on June 12, 2012.

Thousands of opposition supporters take to the streets of Moscow to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin's leadership. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.