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Russia's Medvedev vetoes protest restrictions

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Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev has overturned a proposed law that would have imposed new restrictions on street protests.

The 31st of each month has become a regular date for demonstrators defending the right to free assembly in Russia. Last week’s rally in Moscow’s Triumph Square was authorised.

Some have welcomed the presidential veto of what they describe as repressive new rules that would have blocked anyone guilty of an administrative offence from applying to organise a protest.

But critics see it as a hollow gesture that will leave other constraints untouched.

Anti-Kremlin activists are routinely denied permission for rallies and police detain anyone attending unsanctioned demonstrations.