Free speech in Kremlin may cost protester

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IT'S NOT every day that the Kremlin gets a heckler.

Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's president, was addressing scientists and bureaucrats yesterday when a young man stood up and started yelling.

TV footage showed the man yelling "Why are you listening to him? He's violated the rights and freedoms of people and citizens!" for a few seconds before security agents grabbed him.

The audience looked startled, and murmured. Mr Medvedev kept speaking, then smirked, telling security agents to wait. He said, to applause: "The purpose of the constitution is to allow everyone to voice his opinion," The man was then taken away.

The man was later identified as a well-known youth activist, Roman Dobrokhotov. It was not known how he gained access to the famously secure Kremlin.

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