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Putin speech prompts impromptu Kasparof press conference

Chess grand champion Gary Kasparov was released today after a week in jail. An event that was overshadowed by a well-timed President Valdmir Putin speech.

Putin urged the public to stand behind United Russian, his party that is expected to dominate the upcoming election based on the progress that Russia has made under his term as president.

Kasparov and others from his Other Russia party were imprisoned when the "coalition tried to deliver a letter to federal election officials contending that the parliamentary election this Sunday is biased toward Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/world/europe/30russia.html?_r=1&ref=world&oref=slogin

According to the Washington Post, Putin said, ""We cannot allow the return to power of those who once tried but failed to rule the country." This speech came just two hours before Kasparov was released.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/29/AR2007112900460.html