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AP, LENTA.RU (Russia)

MOSCOW – Thousands of Russians have gathered in the capital for the first protest march against Vladimir Putin since his reelection last month as president.

According to organizers, up to to 20,000 people took part in the "March of Millions', the Moscow-based news website Lenta.ru reports.

The protest began without top opposition leaders: anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, leftist politician Sergei Udaltsov, liberal activist Ilya Yashin and TV host Ksenia Sobchak had their homes searched the day before, and were called for interrogation by the Investigative Committee just an hour before the march was set to start, AP reports.

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How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

American and Southwest Airlines have been refusing to allow Cubans on board flights if they've been blacklisted by the government in Havana.

How U.S. Airlines Are Doing Cuba's Dirty Work On American Soil

Boarding a plane in Camaguey, Cuba

Santiago Villa

On Sunday, American Airlines refused to let Cuban writer Carlos Manuel Álvarez board a Miami flight bound for Havana. It was at least the third time this year that a U.S. airline refused to let Cubans on board to return to their homeland after Havana circulated a government "blacklist" of critics of the regime. Clearly undemocratic and possibly illegal under U.S. law, the airlines want to make sure to cash in on a lucrative travel route, writes Colombian journalist Santiago Villa:

-OpEd-

Imagine for a moment that you left your home country years ago because you couldn't properly pursue your chosen career there. It wasn't easy, of course: Your profession is not just singularly demanding, but even at the top of the game you might not be assured a stable or sufficient income, and you've had to take on second jobs, working in bars and restaurants.

This chosen vocation is that of a writer or journalist, or perhaps an artist, which has kept you tied to your homeland, often the subject of your work, even if you don't live there anymore.

Since leaving, you've been back home several times, though not so much for work. Because if you did, you would be followed in cars and receive phone calls to let you know you are being watched.

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