Ruling Party Is Accused of Fraud in Russian Elections
Voters in Russia went to the polls on Sunday in regional elections amid complaints by the opposition of ballot-stuffing and other violations by the governing party, United Russia.
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The vote is being watched as an indicator of public support for United Russia ahead of parliamentary elections in December and presidential elections in 2012. Polling by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed that support for United Russia slipped below 50 percent during the first months of the year, its lowest point since 2007.