Demonstrators carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags march to oppose president Vladimir Putin's policies in Ukraine, in Moscow, Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Thousands of people rallied in central Moscow Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula is expected to vote on switching to Kremlin rule.Waving Ukrainian flags and shouting slogans heard during the Maidan protests in Kiev, the demonstrators urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back. At a rival demonstration in central Moscow, which appeared to be well-organised, police estimated 15,000 people had gathered in support of Putin.
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