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Russians parliamentary elections conclude (3)

(Xinhua)

10:45, December 05, 2011

After voting, Putin said that he wants the United Russia party to achieve a good result at the elections.

Two Russian cosmonauts in the International Space Station, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoli Ivanishin, also cast their ballots electronically via the U.S. communication channel, the mission control center outside Moscow said.

Interior Ministry said that more than 320,000 police officers and 11,500 servicemen were deployed to maintain security and prevent violations during the polling.

In the volatile North Caucasus regions, metal detectors were installed at polling stations before the vote.

Police reported that over 100 protesters for small opposition groups have been detained in Moscow.

The seven political parties competing in the elections are the ruling United Russia party, the main opposition the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, A Just Russia, the Yabloko (Apple), the Patriots of Russia and the Right Cause.

Some 3,000 candidates have been registered on the federal lists.

According to new electoral laws amended in late 2008, Russia's new Duma emerging from the elections will serve a five-year term instead of four.

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