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Vladimir Putin led Russia's first major naval parade in years today, the day after a violent police crackdown on anti-government protesters in Moscow.
The Russian President went aboard one of the vessels in the Navy Day parade in St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. The parade, the biggest in years, included 43 ships and submarines and 4,000 troops.
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The parade included impressive displays of Russian ships and jets, as well as parachutists and missile launches.
It was an impressive show of Russia's military might which came shortly after serious questions have been raised about the capacity of Great Britain's Royal Navy.
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Britain's Royal Navy has only ordered one aircraft carrier, a handful of offshore patrol vessels, five submarines, and a single new frigate for the next decade as a report says its force will get even smaller.
Britain's ability to defend itself was exposed following Iran seizing the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.
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It represents a stark contrast to Russia's defensive arsenal which was proudly on display in St. Petersburg today.
Putin was spending the weekend away from the Russian capital where nearly 1,400 pro-democracy protesters were detained yesterday.
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A Russian group that monitors police arrests said it was the largest number of detentions at a rally in the Russian capital this decade.
Police wielded batons and wrestled with protesters around the Moscow City Hall after thousands thronged nearby streets, rallying against a move by election authorities to bar opposition candidates from the Sept. 8 ballot for the Moscow city council.
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Yesterday's protests showed how Kremlin critics and especially younger people remain intent on pressing to open Russia's tightly-choreographed political system to competition.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had called the protest to persuade officials to allow opposition-minded candidates to run in a September 8 vote.
Authorities say they were barred because...
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.