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Urals Polling Station Kicks Out MT Reporter

Elections monitor Natalya Rakhimova spent her morning watching people plow their way through snowdrifts to get to their polling station and vote in a Bashkortostan city.

Little Partying for Opposition, But Plenty of Work

With Yabloko expected to win less than 3 percent of Sunday's vote, there was little talk of election results at the liberal party's headquarters, and Yabloko leader Sergei Mitrokhin told The Moscow Times the atmosphere there was "business-like."

Activists Try to Rally But Are Blocked by Cops

Several hundred protesters on Sunday evening tried to enter Triumfalnaya Ploshchad in central Moscow, which had been fenced off. Police forcibly prevented them from succeeding, blocked all of the entrances and urged them to disperse.

Yabloko Has Landslide Win in MT Online Vote

The social-democratic Yabloko party is winning the newspaper's State Duma vote with 27.8 percent of the ballots, followed by the liberal Parnas, the Communist Party, United Russia and the nationalists.

Sverdlovsk Governor Seriously Hurt in Wreck

The Moscow Times
The governor of the Sverdlovsk region was seriously hurt and another person killed in a car wreck that occurred on the way back from a campaign event, media reports said. The governor's car veered into the oncoming lane, where it collided with a Volga.

United Russia Wins Less Than 50%

Poll results gave United Russia a disappointing 49.5 percent of the vote by Monday morning after State Duma elections that took place amid an unprecedented series of detentions, threats and attacks against the independent media, election observers and opposition activists.

Prisoners Vote Out of the Public Eye

They voted in a 2-by-4-meter cell, separated from the corridor by a door with steel bars. Two officials oversaw them get their ballots, tick their choice, and drop the paper into the box. Outside, a handful of journalists watched.

Oil Output Maintains Post-Soviet High

Oil output in Russia, the world's top crude producer, stayed at a post-Soviet high of 10.34 million barrels per day in November, encouraged by a record rally in its Urals-blend crude and sustained by a recent duty cut that boosted export profits.

Putin Suggests $440M in Baltiisky Shipyard Orders

Combined Reports
Shipyard Baltiisky Zavod could get state orders of 135 billion rubles ($438 million), Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said while visiting the facility.

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