(Agence France-Presse) Around 50,000 people marched through central Moscow on Saturday in protest at Russia's intervention in Ukraine, a day before the Crimean peninsula votes on switching to Kremlin rule.
Waving Ukrainian and Russian flags and adopting the chants of Ukraine's popular uprising, prominent and ordinary Russians urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to pull troops back from ex-Soviet Ukraine.
Marchers carried placards reading "Putin, get out of Ukraine" and others comparing Kremlin's decision to send troops to Crimea with the Nazi annexation of the Sudetenland as Europe rushed headlong into World War II.
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A group of demonstrators held a banner reading: "Take the Russian troops home," while one protester carried a copy of George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984.