1. Elections

    Putin Rebuked at Russian Polls

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 04:  Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin addresses members of United Russia Party in the headquarters of United Russia Party during a nationwide parliamentary election on December, 4, 2011 in Moscow, Russia. Early results showed Putin's party failed to get the majority vote. 110 million voters in the world's largest country went to the pools to elect a new parliament for the next five years as their Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced his return as President for the third term next year which could see him staying in the Kremlin until 2024.  (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)

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    Vladimir Putin may want to reconsider his run for president next year: his United Russia party took an unexpected drubbing at the polls over the weekend, receiving just under 50 percent of the vote. That’s not enough to oust the party from power in Parliament, but it does eliminate the two-thirds majority that allowed it to change the Constitution unchallenged. Opposition parties and European observers, meanwhile, are alleging widespread fraud, including ballot stuffing and bribing voters. The head of Russia’s Electoral Commission said United Russia should have a slim majority in Parliament, with 238 out of 450 seats.

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