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A woman lays flowers on a monument dedicated to victims of political... News PhotoAdult,Competition,Conflict,Dedication,Flower,Horizontal,Monument,Moscow,Opposition Party,Political Party,Politics,Protest,Russia,Victim,Vladimir Putin,WomenPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA woman lays flowers on a monument dedicated to victims of political repression during an opposition protest marking one year since the start of protests against Vladimir Putin, in Moscow, on December 15, 2012. Russia's opposition defied authorities who tried to ban the protest by holding a rally in central Moscow to mark one year since the start of protests against Vladimir Putin. The opposition Coordination Council led by charismatic lawyer Alexei Navalny urged Muscovites to defy city authorities by showing up at Lubyanka Square, the seat of the FSB security services, despite temperatures of minus 17 degrees C (one degree F) and warnings that unsanctioned rallies would be broken up. AFP PHOTO/ NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)