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Bloggers expose lavish lifestyles of Putin loyalists

Bloggers who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin are targeting top lawmakers loyal to the Kremlin with scandalous revelations about their luxury apartments and jet-setting lifestyles which run counter to their patriotic rhetoric. Recent exposes have focused on the most outspoken lawmakers from the ruling United Russia party who have voted…

Putin-backed mayoral candidate loses race in another rebuke to Moscow

President-elect Vladimir Putin suffered a tough political blow Monday after seeing his party’s candidate trounced in a mayoral race that became the focus of Russia’s nascent protest movement. Official results from the central city of Yaroslavl showed ruling United Russia party candidate Yakov Yakushev picking up just 27.8 percent of…

Social media makes anti-Putin protests ‘snowball’

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Artyom Kolpakov used to shrug when he came across occasional appeals on social media sites to protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government. “I didn’t see the point really,” he said. But something changed when, clicking through amateur videos and online testimonies documenting cases of ballot-stuffing and repeat voting, he…

Russia shaken by anti-Putin rally

Moscow police were Tuesday holding several Russian opposition figures after breaking up an unprecedented protest against polls monitors said were slanted in favour of Vladimir Putin’s ruling party. Several thousand people took to the streets in central Moscow late Monday despite pouring rain for a rally against the results of…

Putin’s party may lose parliamentary majority in close vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian voters have dealt Vladimir Putin’s ruling party a heavy blow by cutting its parliamentary majority in an election that showed growing unease with his domination of the country as he prepares to reclaim the presidency. Incomplete results showed Putin’s United Russia was struggling even to win…

Websites downed in Russia poll ‘hack attack’

MOSCOW — Websites which exposed violations in Russia’s parliamentary polls were inaccessible Sunday in a hacking attack their operators said was aimed at preventing them revealing the extent of election day fraud. Popular Russian radio station Moscow Echo and election monitoring group Golos said their websites were the victims of…

Russians vote as foul play claimed

Russians voted Sunday in elections set to see Vladimir Putin’s ruling party win a reduced majority in parliament, amid claims the authorities were engaging in foul play to ensure it maintained dominance. Russia’s main independent vote monitors have been denounced and harassed by the authorities ahead of the elections, while…

Putin awaits Russia’s presidential nomination

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will move a step closer Sunday to the presidency he relinquished after two terms in 2008 when he accepts his party’s nomination to challenge a decimated field in March. The slow-motion return of Russia’s most dominant politician to the Kremlin seat some thought he never…

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