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Dueling protests in Russia over Crimean conflict

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:16

March 15 - Thousands march for and against Russia's policies a day before the referendum in Crimea on whether to join Russia. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The Russians are on the march in Moscow. Dueling protests are showing support and opposition for Russian policy towards Ukraine. At the heart of the issue is the future of the mainly Russian-speaking Crimea, which votes Sunday whether to join Russia. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) ACTIVIST PYOTR SAYING: "We are for friendship of the Russian and Ukrainian people. We want to say a firm 'no' to the fascist junta that came to power in Ukraine and therefore we naturally want to support our comrades in Ukraine." These pro-referendum supporters marched to a Parliament Square near the Kremlin, singing World War II songs and calling for Crimea to join Russia. Meanwhile, other Russians are calling for peace. These protesters are demanding that Russia leave Ukraine alone. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW TEACHER IRINA SESEIKINA SAYING: "My duty is to show support for the Ukrainian people in its desire to live independently from the dictatorship of the elder brother." The protests come after both Russia and Ukraine conducted extensive military exercises in various regions, including near their joint border.

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Dueling protests in Russia over Crimean conflict

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 01:16