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Nearly 73% of Russian voters have backed changes that could extend Putin's rule - Initial results

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nearly 73% of Russian voters have backed constitutional changes that would allow Vladimir Putin to run again for president twice, the Interfax news agency cited electoral data as showing.

Inititial results from the Russian far east showed 73.7% of voters had supported the reforms, the RIA news agency reported separately.

Russia gave families financial windfalls on Wednesday on the final day of the vote on constitutional changes that could allow Putin to stay in power until 2036, a prospect that prompted a small protest by Kremlin critics on Red Square.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Osborn