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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during his meeting with United Russia party members in Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signaled his support for a controversial bill that would increase fines 200-fold for those taking part in unsanctioned protests. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Government Press Service)

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