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Dissident Bukovsky challenges for power

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An exiled former Soviet dissident has returned to Moscow, hoping to run for president in March, and claiming the KGB is back in power.

Vladimir Bukovsky is a virulent opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

It is his first trip to Moscow since Mr Putin took power, and only his third since going into exile in 1976.

He told a crowd of supporters in Moscow that he hoped to build support for the opposition in Russia, and to bolster democracy by ending political apathy.

He also said he feared a return to Soviet times, with the KGB, under its new guise as the FSB, back in control.