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Russian elections underscore problems faced by Putin foes

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian regional elections have tightened Vladimir Putin's grip on power and underlined opposition failure to build street protest into an effective challenge at the start of the president's six-year term.Full story

Russian elections preserve Putin's dominance, opponents cry foul

KHIMKI/BRYANSK, Russia (Reuters) - The ruling United Russia party won elections around the country on Sunday, early results showed, but opponents alleged widespread violations in the voting that will preserve President Vladimir Putin's dominance. Full story

Putin puts Medvedev in charge of Russia's ruling party

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin steered Dmitry Medvedev into the chairmanship of Russia's ruling party on Saturday and demanded reforms to the flagging organization he will rely on to keep his grip on the country's far-flung regions. Full story

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was selected by United Russia as their candidate for president in 2012. If elected this would be Putin's third term. Msnbc.com's Keva Andersen reports.

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