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Anti-Putin protest camp cleared in Moscow

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Riot police have moved in to clear anti-Putin demonstrators from a park in the Russian capital Moscow.

The protesters had maintained a round-the-clock sit-in for a week, to vent their anger over Vladmir Putin’s controversial return to the presidency.

The size of the crowd taking part in the Occupy-style action varied from a few dozen to 2000.

Protesters say they were told to leave Chistiye Prudy park by lunchtime on Wednesday, but police arrived much earlier. At least 15 people were detained.

A Moscow court issued an order to clear the site after apparently receiving complaints from residents. However, protesters claim it was police who were behind those complaints, not local people.