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Pro-Kremlin youths march to US Embassy in Moscow

Associated Press

MOSCOW — Hundreds of pro-Kremlin youths marched toward the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Monday to protest American foreign policy.

One day after Russia elected Dmitry Medvedev to succeed Vladimir Putin as president, members of the youth group Nashi and other, regional organizations set off from the Ukrainia Hotel and across the Moscow River toward the embassy.

They wore smocks bearing the slogans, "Russia Forward!" and "We Will Stand Beside Our Country."

Some marchers from the North Caucasus region of Chechnya said they oppose U.S. policies in Kosovo and Iraq.

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Medvedev, the Kremlin’s favorite, won the election with more than 70 percent of the vote, according to nearly complete returns, in large part due to his promise to continue to pursue the polices of Putin, who has reasserted this country’s power abroad, taking a particularly assertive course with the West, and kept a tight grip on society at home.

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