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VFILE- In this Wednesday, June 6, 2012 file photo, Russian police detain a protester near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a harder line against the opposition since returning to the presidency a month ago. A new law awaiting Putin’s signature Thursday June 7, 2012, would raise fines for participating in unauthorized protests 150-fold, to 300,000 rubles ($9,000), nearly the average annual salary in Russia, and he seems to be betting that by threatening demonstrators with prison time and onerous fines will quash the street protests that have posed an unprecedented challenge to his 12-year rule. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)

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