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  • "This law is targeted against the opposition. . . . It's a draconian law which is unprecedented in the world and is reminiscent of our repressive past," Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the opposition Solidarity movement, was quoted as saying by the news agency Interfax.

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  • "The flag is a symbol of freedom and democracy, only not for Putin," Mr. Nemtsov said by telephone from a city police precinct.

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