The polls are open in Russia’s Parliamentary elections. Surveys show that a majority of Russians are dissatisfied with the work of the State Duma, or lower house of parliament, and the Putin government has used dirty tricks against opposition candidates, and cracked down on independent election observers, to maximize the ruling United Russia party’s chances of winning the election.
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