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Putin in control with big win for Russia's ruling party

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>> Vladimir Putin cementing his supremacy over Russia's political system on Monday. His ruling United Russia party, taking three-quarters of the seats in Parliament. With the Liberal opposition parties failing to win any seats at all. That's raising eyebrows with opposition activists and European observers. Reuters Chief Correspondent in Moscow, Andrew Osborn.
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>> If you listen to the Kremlin, these were the cleanest elections of their kind in modern Russian history. The Liberal opposition, of course, has a very different view. It says that it was starved of television airtime on state television. That its candidates were vilified by state media. And that pro Kremlin provocateurs disrupted their campaigns.
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>> European election monitors say the vote was marred by numerous procedural irregularities. Reuters witnessed several people voting twice in one polling station, while official results in one area showed a turn out double that recorded on the spot. Russian officials insisting there was no evidence of wide spread fraud.
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Despite United Russia's landslide victory, though, critics pointing to a sharp drop in turnout, with about 4 million fewer Russians voting for United Russia than in 2011.>> The last time that Russia held parliamentary elections, the turnout was almost 60%, this time around it was only 48%. Since 2014, Russia's been going through a serious economic crisis.
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That crisis has cut people's real incomes, has eroded their living standards. And this low turn out really shows that a lot of people aren't really in the mood, frankly, to come out and vote for anyone. There is widespread apathy across Russia. A lot of Russians that we spoke to told us that they thought that whoever they voted for, it wouldn't make any difference, because the outcome, the result, was preordained, was predecided.
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>> Regardless, the result could well act a springboard for Putin's reelection bid in 2018. No official confirmation yet that he will run, but nor is there the slightest sign that he won't.