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Russia Holds Elections Amid Complaints of Fraud

Russians cast votes Sunday in parliamentary elections that were plagued by claims of campaign fraud and intimidation of observers

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Russian police officer stand guard to prevent pro-democracy protesters from entering a square, as the Bolshoi theater is seen in the background, Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)
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Russian police officer stand guard to prevent pro-democracy protesters from entering a square, as the Bolshoi theater is seen in the background, Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)

Russian opposition members protest at the Manezhnaya square just outside the Kremlin, Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)
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Russian opposition members protest at the Manezhnaya square just outside the Kremlin, Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)

People leave voting booths at a polling station in the town of Roslavl, 390 kilometers (243 miles) west of Moscow, Russia, December 4, 2011. (AP)
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People leave voting booths at a polling station in the town of Roslavl, 390 kilometers (243 miles) west of Moscow, Russia, December 4, 2011. (AP)

Leaders of Russian opposition party Parnas Mikhail Kasyanov, left, Vladimir Ryzhkov, center, and Boris Nemtsov, right, are seen after the voting at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)
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Leaders of Russian opposition party Parnas Mikhail Kasyanov, left, Vladimir Ryzhkov, center, and Boris Nemtsov, right, are seen after the voting at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Moscow, December 4, 2011. (AP)

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