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Russia’s ruling party chief quits key post in vote scandal

By Michael Schwirtz
New York Times / December 15, 2011
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The chairman of Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, resigned from his post as speaker of the lower house of Parliament yesterday, an apparent effort to quell some of the uproar over perceived fraud in recent parliamentary elections. The chairman, Boris V. Gryzlov, is the highest ranking official in United Russia after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who serves as the party’s leader but is not a member. Intensely loyal to Putin, Gryzlov played a crucial role during his eight years as speaker in pacifying the Russian Parliament or Duma.

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