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Pro-Kremlin party wins vote

October 13, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The pro-Kremlin party dominated an election for Moscow city council and other local offices across Russia.

With 99% of the Moscow vote counted, United Russia won 66% and the Communist Party 13%. No other party cleared the 7% threshold to win council seats.

United Russia is a power base for Vladimir Putin, the prime minister and party leader, who has not ruled out a return to the presidency in 2012. President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated party leaders on their victory, which he said showed "the authority the party has acquired from our people in recent years."

Opposition candidates assert they were hindered from campaigning and some were denied places on the ballot.

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