Russia to charge independent mayor

July 3, 2013 11:18 PM

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“This is about politics,” Urlashov said at 5:45 a.m. as he was led out of a police van in front of reporters.

Yaroslavl is a venerable, sleepy city of 600,000 on the upper Volga River, a four-hour train ride from Moscow, but Urlashov’s detention and the implausibly rapid development of his case jolted opposition organizers around the country. The mayor was the one nationally known independent politician who...

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