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Vote-rigging complaints arise as Russian presidential polls close | News | DW.DE | 04.03.2012

Polling booths in Russia have closed as the country elects a new president. Russian monitors said the process had been tainted by widespread violations. Exit polls give Vladimir Putin a clear majority of the vote.

Polling group VTsIOM reported shortly after polling stations closed that Putin had garnered some 58 percent support, with his closest rival, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, receiving 17 percent.

Nationalist candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky was scoring 8.0 percent, whilst tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov was sitting on 7.6 percent, the early results showed.

The figures were taken from Russia's far east and Siberia, where polling booths closed hours before they closed in the European west of the country.

Tens of thousands of monitors were observing the election on Sunday, with many posting evidence of voting irregularities.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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