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Russia Election: Fraud Violations Listed By Observers On Putin's Vote

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Election commission workers empty ballot boxes at a polling station during presidential election in St. Petersburg, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. The signs in the background reads "Congratulation with holiday!" (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) | AP

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin called his landslide win in the presidential election a victory in an "open and honest battle," but both Russian and international observers begged to differ.

The Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, a respected international watchdog, said the election that returned Putin to the presidency after four years as prime minister had "serious problems." The independent Russian elections monitor Golos said the vote was neither free nor fair.

Here's a list of the main violations reported during Sunday's ballot, which Putin won with 64 percent of the vote:


Associated Press writers Nataliya Vasilyeva, Peter Leonard, Mansur Mirovalev and Sofia Javed contributed to this report.

Captions courtesy of AP.


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