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Russian opposition supporters protest new repressive law

  • Opposition supporters hold posters, one of them with a portrait of pro-Kremlin lawmaker Irina Yarovaya and reading "Don't chatter", during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. About 1,000 Russian opposition supporters have rallied in a Moscow park to protest a controversial new legislation that offers new sweeping powers to security agencies. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)

    Opposition supporters hold posters, one of them with a portrait of pro-Kremlin lawmaker Irina Yarovaya and reading "Don't chatter", during a protest in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. About 1,000 Russian opposition supporters have rallied in a Moscow park to protest a controversial new legislation that offers new sweeping powers to security agencies. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)  (The Associated Press)

  • Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, applauds as he attends a protest in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. About 1,000 Russian opposition supporters have rallied in a Moscow park to protest a controversial new legislation that offers new sweeping powers to security agencies. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)

    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, applauds as he attends a protest in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. About 1,000 Russian opposition supporters have rallied in a Moscow park to protest a controversial new legislation that offers new sweeping powers to security agencies. (AP Photo/Francesca Ebel)  (The Associated Press)

About 1,000 Russian opposition supporters have rallied in Moscow to protest a controversial new legislation that offers new sweeping powers to security agencies.

The set of counter-terrorism amendments initiated by the hawkish pro-Kremlin lawmaker Irina Yarovaya has sparked outrage among rights activists. It introduces prison sentences for failure to report a grave crime and obliges telecommunications companies to store logs and data for months.

Protesters, who gathered Tuesday in Moscow's Sokolniki park, denounced the new legislation as an attempt by the government to stifle protest ahead of next month's parliamentary elections.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who played a key role in organizing massive protests in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin's power in 2011-2012, said it's time for the opposition to return to the streets and that "everything depends on us."