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MOSCOW – Thousands of protesters have gathered in downtown Moscow to demonstrate against what they describe as a "fascist coup" one year ago in neighboring Ukraine.
The demonstrators gathered near Red Square on Saturday to protest events in Ukraine, where a pro-European protest movement last year led to the ouster of the country's Russia-leaning president on Feb. 21.
The protesters included ultranationalist bikers, pensioners, war veterans, student organizations and other pro-government groups. Many waved Russian flags, others bore banners that said: "Die, America!"
Police said that 35,000 people attended, though those numbers were impossible to verify independently.
Anti-Western sentiment in Russia, in part spurred by state television coverage of the Ukraine crisis, has spiraled to new heights.