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>> They say there's an app for everything and now there's one to help protesters in Russia get out of jail. It's aimed at anti-Kremlin demonstrators who run the regular risk of being detained by the police. They can use the digital function to instantly tell others where and when they've been handcuffed.
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The notification system is called Red Button. It's a collaboration between a Russian company, a human rights group, and an opposition movement. It automatically transmits the location and emergency contact details of a detained protester. The idea is that it should then allow others to act quickly to help free them.
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It'll include details of the police station where the individual is being held. And is linked to a special Twitter page that will generate maps and notifications, allowing users to track how protests unfold. President Vladimir Putin is the most popular politician in Russia by a long way. But opponents argue he keeps a check on dissent through control of the media and by limiting protests.
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Russia faces a presidential election next year which Putin is expected to contest. Large anti-government protests shook the country last month and more are in the pipeline. Red Button will go live on April the 29th, the day when the pro-democracy movement Open Russia has called for nationwide marches against the government.