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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma Vote Changed

The State Duma on Friday moved December's parliamentary elections forward by one week in a move aimed to boost turnout.

The Duma voted 298-0 to change the elections date from Dec. 14 to Dec. 7.

The measure was initiated by centrist and liberal factions concerned that many of their supporters could fail to show up at the polls on Dec. 14 because it comes at the end of the Constitution Day holiday period, when many people leave town.