>> A regional election upset some 4000 miles east of Moscow, is causing rare jitters as the heart of the Kremlin. The local election commission on Thursday ordered a rerun in Promorski, after allegations the vote was rigged in the ruling parties favor. That dealt a blow to the powers that be, says Reuter's Andrew Osborn in Moscow.
>> It's a long way from Moscow, but what has happened in the Russian far east is a rare set back for the Kremlin. A local election official said there was ballot stuffing, the votes were bought, there was all kinds of wrong-doing.>> Communist Party supporters cried foul and took to the streets after an improbable 11th hour victory for the Kremlin-backed candidate Andrei Tarasenko.
When 95% of votes had been counted, he was still trailing his rival, the Communist candidate. Then he vaulted into the lead, winning almost every one of the final 20,000 votes. Thursday's ruling is not an immediate threat to the ruling United Russia party or President Vladimir Putin. He remains popular, but his ratings have taken a knock lately and this may have been a protest vote.
>> Polls show that there is rising discontent among people about living standards, and in particular, many people are very unhappy about proposed reforms to the pension system. The Russian government wants to hike the pension age of both men and women by five years. And in a country where life expectancy is not as high frankly as many countries in the west this is going down very badly.
>> Communist challenger Andreas Ishchenko disputed the need for a rerun, saying he should just be declared winner of Sunday's vote. The new election must be held within three months.