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Lawmakers protest vote

October 15, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Dozens of lawmakers staged a walkout from parliament to protest what they and independent monitors describe as rigged local elections.

It was the first time in nine years that all factions except the main Kremlin-favored United Russia party walked out in protest.

The United Russia party won an overwhelming victory Sunday in more than 7,000 local elections in 75 of Russia's 83 regions.

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