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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with leaders of the country’s protest movement on Monday after a month of demonstrations against Vladimir Putin’s planned return to the Kremlin.

Russian media reported that Medvedev reiterated his wish to bring back elected regional governors and simplify the process of registering political parties.

The proposals are already before the Russian parliament.

The opposition is furious that Prime Minister Putin is running again for the presidency on March 4th.

He held the post between 2000 and 2008 before swapping jobs with Medvedev.

But protesters want more extensive democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners.

They also believe December’s parliamentary election was fixed in favour of Putin’s United Russia party.