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Russia Heads to the Polls for Parliamentary Elections

Russians went to the polls on Sunday, Sept. 18 to elect their representatives for the nation's lower house of parliament, the State Duma. The elections spread across the country's 11 time zones, including the annexed Crimean peninsula for the first time. Voter turnout was low throughout the day, and polling was marred by reports of ballot stuffing and the illegal use of absentee ballots. The Moscow Times has gathered some of the day's best images.