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Dissident Bukovsky challenges for power

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Dissident Bukovsky challenges for power


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.

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