Electoral commission staff count ballot papers after voting closed at a polling station in the town of Smolensk, western Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by widespread violations claimed by the opposition and independent observers. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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Electoral commission staff count ballot papers after voting closed at a polling station in the town of Smolensk, western Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by widespread violations claimed by the opposition and independent observers. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Electoral commission staff count ballot papers after voting closed at a polling station in the town of Smolensk, western Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidential election on Sunday, according to exit polls cited by state television, but the vote was tainted by widespread violations claimed by the opposition and independent observers. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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