Russians protest against price hikes

Moscow: Hundreds of people took to the streets of Moscow to protest against the rising cost of utilities.

Demonstrators, most of them supporters of the Communist Party and activists of leftist groups, Saturday demanded that charges for water, heat and electricity be frozen.

The utility charges have been increasing steadily over the past decade.

The rally, near Red Square and the Kremlin, comes just a week after a mass protest against President Vladimir Putin, which also called for the rates to be lowered.

Similar demonstrations were held in other cities across the country.

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