New protest against prices in Russia
More than 1,500 people took to the streets Sunday in Russia's north to protest living costs -- the first of a new series of challenges to the Kremlin in coming weeks, organizers said.
Despite freezing temperatures, protesters gathered in the port of Arkhangelsk to decry increasing prices. Some called for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to step down, said a member of an opposition movement that helped organize the protest.
"People came out into the streets in solidarity with other cities, where protest action took and is taking place, (and) many speakers say time has come to take to the streets and seek the truth from the authorities," Ilya Yashin, a member of the Solidarnost (Solidarity) opposition movement, said on Echo of Moscow radio.