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With Putin Leading Surveys, Russians Vote for President

Russians are choosing a president for the fifth time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, 20 years ago. Opinion polls indicate Vladimir Putin is considered the leading candidate for a job that could keep him in the Kremlin through 2018.

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Members of the Russian Interior Ministry walk, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, on the presidential elections day in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)
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Members of the Russian Interior Ministry walk, with St. Basil's Cathedral seen in the background, on the presidential elections day in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)

A Russian navy serviceman casts his ballot during the presidential elections in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)
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A Russian navy serviceman casts his ballot during the presidential elections in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Sevastopol, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)

Members of a voluntary public order and security squad sit near ballot boxes during the presidential elections in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)
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Members of a voluntary public order and security squad sit near ballot boxes during the presidential elections in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)

Russians queue to register for voting at a polling station in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)
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Russians queue to register for voting at a polling station in Moscow, March 4, 2012. (Reuters)

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