Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region is voting in the second round of a presidential election.
On December 11 parliament member Yevgeny Shevchuk received 38.5 percent of the vote in the first round, followed by parliament speaker Anatoly Kaminsky with 26.4 percent.
President Igor Smirnov was voted out as he came third.
Russia indicated last month it was tired of the government's unwillingness to negotiate with Moldova.
Moldova, one of Europe's poorest nations and with ambitions to join the European Union, views Transdniester as an integral part of its territory.
compiled from agency reports