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Russian riot police try to disperse opposition protesters in downtown Moscow on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May. Mr. Putin has taken a harder line against the opposition since returning to the presidency, threatening demonstrators with prison time and onerous fines. (Associated Press)

Russian riot police try to disperse opposition protesters in downtown Moscow on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration in May. Mr. Putin has taken a harder line against the opposition since returning to the presidency, threatening demonstrators with prison time and onerous fines. (Associated Press)

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