Russia is electing a new parliament--but hardly anyone thinks Putin's party will lose

September 18, 2016 12:50 AM

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These days, Mikhail Kasyanov hardly looks like the imposing statesman in a bespoke suit who headed Russia’s government during President Vladimir Putin’s first term.

In the months leading up to Sunday’s parliamentary election, the bespectacled 58-year-old prime minister-turned-opposition leader was repeatedly assaulted by Putin supporters and pelted with eggs, tomatoes and a cake.

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