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Film Director to Head Putin Election Campaign

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, whose party lost support in parliamentary elections, Thursday named a top Russian film director to head his campaign to return to the Kremlin in March presidential polls.

Stanislav Govorukhin, who directed the classic Soviet television series "The Meeting Place Cannot be Changed,” will mastermind Putin's bid to reclaim the presidency in the elections on March 4, 2012.

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Putin Denounces U.S., Warns Russian Protestors

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of stirring up controversy over Russia's polls and warned those protesting the result they would be punished if they broke the law.

After three days of protests against election results the opposition says were rigged, Putin said the authorities should enter into dialogue with the opposition. But he accused some of its leaders of acting selfishly.

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Kremlin Heads Roll after Medvedev Twitter Goes X-rated

The Kremlin reacted furiously on Wednesday after an obscene posting mocking liberal blogger Alexei Navalny, who was jailed in this week's protests, reappeared on President Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter feed.

"Last night an inappropriate retweet appeared on Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter account," the Kremlin said in a curt statement.

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Protests, What Protests? Russian TV Ignores Rallies

Russian state-run television news channels on Wednesday turned a blind eye to the post-election protests in Moscow and other cities, leaving Internet sites as the only source of blow-by-blow coverage.

On Tuesday evening, as police arrested at least 300 people in a central Moscow square, the country's main news show turned to Angelina Jolie's directorial debut and a Russian woman arrested abroad for faking a $100 bill.

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Russia Sends Troops to Moscow after Protests

Russia has sent interior ministry troops to Moscow and increased the alert level of security forces after a protest of thousands of people opposing Vladimir Putin, officials said on Tuesday.

"They (the troops) have just one aim -- to ensure the security of the citizens," interior ministry forces spokesman Colonel Vasily Panchenkov told the Interfax news agency while a police spokesman said the security forces were now on a "heightened regime" of alert.

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Putin Party Wins Majority in Parliament, Suffers Blow in Polls

The ruling party of Vladimir Putin Monday won Russia's parliamentary elections but with a sharply reduced majority, in a blow for the Russian strongman ahead of his planned return to the Kremlin in 2012.

United Russia is set to obtain 238 seats in the 450-seat State Duma, down sharply from the 315 seats it won in the last polls in 2007, election commission chief Vladimir Churov told reporters citing results from 96 percent of polling stations.

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Russians Vote Amid Claims of Foul Play by Authorities

Russians voted Sunday in elections set to see Vladimir Putin's ruling party win a reduced majority in parliament, amid claims the authorities were engaging in foul play to ensure it maintained dominance.

Russia's main independent vote monitors have been denounced and harassed by the authorities ahead of the polls while several opposition news websites were the victims of an apparent mass hacking attack on polling day.

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Voting Begins in Russia for Key Parliamentary Polls

Russians in the Far East began voting Sunday in key parliamentary elections expected to hand victory to Vladimir Putin's party amid claims of campaign fraud and unprecedented intimidation of observers.

"Polling stations are open," Konstantin Mikhailov, head of the local election commission in the city of Anadyr in the resource-rich Chukotka region, told Agence France Presse.

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Russia Braces for Parliamentary Elections

Russians prepared Saturday for parliamentary elections amid dwindling support for the ruling United Russia party and unprecedented pressure on election observers.

Voting in the world's largest country will begin at 2000 GMT Saturday in the Russian Far East regions and end 21 hours later when polling stations close at 1700 GMT Sunday in the exclave of Kaliningrad wedged between Poland and Lithuania.

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Putin Agrees to Run for Russian President

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed to be the ruling party candidate in 2012 presidential elections that he is certain to win and that will fix the country's political future.

His nomination at a glitzy congress of United Russia was a formality after President Dmitry Medvedev announced in September he would give way for Putin in the March 2012 polls and instead take the job of prime minister.

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