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Pro-Putin Crowds Bash U.S., Demand Purge of Opposition

Toxic anti-U.S. rhetoric swelled in the streets of Moscow as thousands of president Putin’s supporters marched on the anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan revolution, which they regard as an illegal coup backed by the U.S. Protesters demanded that the Russian government clamp down on Putin's liberal opposition.

Organised by the Anti-Maidan coalition that unites a broad array of forces—nationalists, communists, Muslims and the country’s largest biker gang—the march rallied 35,000, according to the police. No reliable independent estimates were available, but it was visibly large by Moscow standards.