• 12 GO ON TRIAL IN RUSSIA OVER ANTI-PUTIN RALLY

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    MOSCOW: Twelve Russians went on trial in Moscow on Thursday accused of violence at a rally on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration last year, in a process condemned by critics as a show trial aimed at suffocating dissent. Ten defendants were participating in the hearing from inside a glass-walled cage known as an “aquarium” while two more, who are not under arrest, were seated on a bench. “The case is being heard at the Moscow City Court because a district court does not have such big aquariums” to accommodate all the suspects, a court spokeswoman said.

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