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Russian Regional Vote Tests Putin's Party

Russians are voting today in regional elections.

The United Russia party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected to dominate the seven regions and thousands of municipal elections in which over 40 million people are eligible to vote.

Russia's main pro-Western liberal party, Yabloko, only managed to register in one of the seven regional votes.

Other groups critical of the Kremlin say they have been blocked from registering as parties, barring them from elections.

-- Reuters