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Russian voters deliver setback to Putin’s party

Parliamentary elections show gains by rivals

Anarchists protested in Moscow yesterday. Some discontented Russians boycotted their country’s parliamentary elections. Anarchists protested in Moscow yesterday. Some discontented Russians boycotted their country’s parliamentary elections. (Sergei Karpukhin/Russia)
By David M. Herzenhorn and Ellen Barry
New York Times / December 5, 2011
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United Russia, the governing party of Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin, suffered surprisingly steep losses in parliamentary elections on Sunday and was barely clinging to a 50 percent majority, with nearly three-quarters of the votes counted. The three minority parties that now hold seats in parliament - the Communist Party, the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and Just Russia, a social democratic party - all made strong gains.

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