Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to the head of central election commission Vladimir Churov, not pictured, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Putin's loyalists swept to victory in most local election races held across Russia, early results showed Monday, while independent observers said the vote was marred by widespread fraud. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)
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