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As Police Crack Down on Moscow Protesters, Activists Work to ID Them | Voice of America

This story originated in VOA’s Russian Service.

WASHINGTON — It was just hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s May 2018 inauguration that the footage appeared online: a coterie of men clad in unmarked military garb chasing down and beating anti-Kremlin protesters as riot police passively looked on.

Two young rights advocates, a journalism student named Viktor Oleynik and a data analyst, Anton Gromov, had had enough. Loading the footage to encrypted instant messaging app Telegram, the pair implored their followers to crowdsource identities of the assailants, a rag-tag band of…

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