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At Chechnya Polling Station, Votes For Putin Exceed The Rolls

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Leader of the Russian region of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, left, watches his mother Aimany as she casts her ballot at a polling station in the village of Tsenteroy 75 km (46.6 mile) south-east of Grozny, the Chechen capital, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Polling stations have opened across Russia's vast expanse for the presidential election widely expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin.(AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
Leader of the Russian region of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, left, watches his mother Aimany as she casts her ballot at a polling station in the village of Tsenteroy 75 km (46.6 mile) south-east of Grozny, the Chechen capital, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Polling stations have opened across Russia's vast expanse for the presidential election widely expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin.(AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

GROZNY, Russia -- While there were charges of fraud in Russia's presidential election Sunday, officials throughout most of the country appeared to be on notice to avoid the appearance of cheating in obvious ways like ballot stuffing. But some here seem not to have gotten the memo.

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