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> Sunday's presidential election in Russia has set Vladimir Putin up for six more years in power, but Reuters has caught on camera discrepancies in his resounding victory. Belina Ivanova reports from Moscow.>> Reuters had 17 reporters across 12 polling stations across the country, with mechanical counters counting every single person who came in to vote.
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At all 12 polling stations, we saw discrepancies. In a town in the Caucasus in Southern Russia, we had carousel voting, which is the Russian term for when people vote multiple times. We watched people come in, cast their ballots, and then we started seeing the same faces over and over again.
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>> Reuters staff filmed these violations taking place. Here the same person can be seen casting a ballot in different polling stations. Voting twice is a misdemeanor under Russian law, carrying a penalty fine. Commenting on the examples, the Kremlin said there were established procedures for reporting violations via the police.
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>> We also spotted a loophole in the electoral law which allowed three Reurters reporters to cast their ballot at a police station, and then attempt to cast a second ballot elsewhere, proving that double voting was possible. The most significant discrepancy was 528 votes in in Crimea. 66% of votes cast were cast by people that Reuters did not see voting.
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>> Independent election observers, and Putin's opponents, have highlighted issues with Sunday's vote across the country, claiming officials loyal to Putin used a variety of tricks to inflate turnout. Putin is unquestionably popular in Russia, a country without a strong opposition, but he sought a strong turnout to legitimize any win.
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And Putin got his wish, securing over 70% of the vote.