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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Solzhenitsyn Skeptical

MOSCOW -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a spiritual leader of the opposition to the Soviet communist system and now a critic of Russia's Westernization, expressed deep skepticism about Russian parliamentary election.

"I wonder whether the vote will do any good," Solzhenitsyn, 81, shown on NTV television early Monday, said after voting outside Moscow.

"Year after year, we see so many shameless and mean things committed by the authorities. Why should we believe that this time we will be offered cleanliness and honesty?"