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Russians parliamentary elections conclude (2)


10:45, December 05, 2011

Local analysts said that most Russians didn't go to polling stations just because they don't expect the elections to bring about any dramatic repaint to Russia's political landscape.

Still, for those who have exercised their voting rights, the election day was a chance to voice their choices and hopes.

Alexander Mukhanov, a 70-year-old retiree living in Moscow, said that he voted for the major opposition Communist Party as he hoped his pension could be raised.

"There are the education and medical issues. We got great achievement in the Soviet time and many things were free. But now I don't know whether there is still any tuition-free university in Russia?" he asked.

Yelena Merkulova, a 40-year-old Moscow resident, said on the exit that she has voted for the social-democratic Yabloko party, although she knows this small faction has almost no chance to win.

President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cast their ballots in Moscow.

Medvedev and his wife Svetlana came to Moscow school No.1118 in the Dovzhenko Street to vote, while Putin dropped the ballot at the No. 2079 polling station located in the Russian Academy of Science building, several kilometers away from the Kremlin.

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