Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, Nadezha Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center) and Maria Alyokhina, at a hearing in Moscow court on Monday.
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July 30, 2012 Three members of the band, which staged a protest of Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in February, face up to seven years in prison. They pleaded not guilty on Monday.
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Protesters gather for a demonstration in central Moscow against President Vladimir Putin.
June 12, 2012 Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in Moscow to protest newly elected President Vladmir Putin, saying he controls the country through a corrupt political system. Opposition leaders were questioned ahead of the demonstration.
A protester wearing a costume bearing the words Robocop walks among Russian riot police officers after a rally in Moscow on Saturday.
March 10, 2012 Opponents of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin staged another rally in Moscow on Saturday, but with Putin now elected to the presidency for a six-year term, their mass protest movement seemed to be losing steam. Still, some of the speakers on the stage gave a glimpse of where the anti-Putin movement is heading.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. He won election to the post he previously held: president.
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March 5, 2012 It's no surprise that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Sunday's election to return to the more powerful post he previously held — president. Also not surprising: Reports of many voting violations, perhaps to ensure his victory.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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February 27, 2012 Russian and Ukrainian security services claim to have foiled the plan. The suspected mastermind, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, remains at large.
A screen grab from the YouTube video, "Putin and the Paratroopers."
February 5, 2012 An Internet hit is becoming the anthem for Russian protesters as they march against Vladimir Putin's rule. The musicians in the video aren't rock stars; they're veterans of the Russian army.
December 12, 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's bid to return to his nation's presidency, an office he held from 2000 to 2008, picked up a surprise challenger Monday when Mikhail Prokhorov publicly declared his intention to run for the office, too.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
December 12, 2011 It appears that Putin, who is viewed as being the real power broker in the Kremlin and who is looking to return to the presidency in next year's elections, is standing firm against complaints about fraud in last week's elections.
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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as he voted in Moscow on Sunday (Dec. 4, 2011).
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December 5, 2011 Though Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia party lost dozens of seats in Russia's parliament, he's still considered a sure-thing in the March presidential election, analysts say. But now he may have to work with other parties.
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June 19, 2011 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin doesn't have to deal with press conferences from once-friendly former porn stars or tabloids publishing photos of his illegitimate child (if he has either). So speculation about his private life flourishes online.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, center, looks from behind a glass enclosure at a court room in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
December 30, 2010 Oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky gets second jail term
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin makes like Fats Domino.
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December 13, 2010 At a St. Petersburg fundraiser for a children's charity, the Russian leader played a little piano and sang a little song -- to the delight of Kevin Costner and other celebrities.
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