Putin Seeks to Banish Ghosts of 2011 Protests as Russians Vote

September 17, 2016 9:18 PM

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Russians are going to the polls for the first parliamentary elections since a disputed vote in 2011 sparked the biggest protests of President Vladimir Putin’s more than decade-and-a-half rule.

The pro-Putin United Russia party is expected to emerge from Sunday’s ballot with an increased majority, as election officials seek to avoid the unrest that was triggered by widespread allegations of vote-rigging five years ago. The format of the election has been changed, with the restoration of si...

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