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An elderly woman looks at the ballots as members of a local election commission visit her in her house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Duplevo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

An elderly woman looks at the ballots as members of a local election commission visit her in her house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Duplevo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021....more

An elderly woman looks at the ballots as members of a local election commission visit her in her house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Duplevo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva
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A girl plays as her mother fills out her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

A girl plays as her mother fills out her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

A girl plays as her mother fills out her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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A demonstrator holds a national flag during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A demonstrator holds a national flag during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A demonstrator holds a national flag during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Members and supporters of the Russian Communist Party attend a rally to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Members and supporters of the Russian Communist Party attend a rally to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Members and supporters of the Russian Communist Party attend a rally to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Supporters of the Russian Communist Party shout during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Supporters of the Russian Communist Party shout during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Supporters of the Russian Communist Party shout during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station inside Kazansky railway terminal after polls closed during a three-day long parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station inside Kazansky railway terminal after polls closed during a three-day long parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Members of a local election commission count ballots at a polling station inside Kazansky railway terminal after polls closed during a three-day long parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
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A man looks on a screen showing polling stations at the headquarters of Russia's Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A man looks on a screen showing polling stations at the headquarters of Russia's Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A man looks on a screen showing polling stations at the headquarters of Russia's Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Demonstrators hold placards reading "Off with the remote electronic voting system!" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Demonstrators hold placards reading "Off with the remote electronic voting system!" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021....more

Demonstrators hold placards reading "Off with the remote electronic voting system!" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Valery Rashkin, the first secretary of the Russian Communist Party in Moscow, addresses supporters during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Valery Rashkin, the first secretary of the Russian Communist Party in Moscow, addresses supporters during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Valery Rashkin, the first secretary of the Russian Communist Party in Moscow, addresses supporters during a rally to protest the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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A demonstrator holds a placard reading "To be against the authorities does not mean to be against the motherland" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A demonstrator holds a placard reading "To be against the authorities does not mean to be against the motherland" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in...more

A demonstrator holds a placard reading "To be against the authorities does not mean to be against the motherland" during a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Politicians Mikhail Lobanov, who ran for the Russian Communist Party and Marina Litvinovich, who ran for the Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko", attend a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Polina Nikolskaya

Politicians Mikhail Lobanov, who ran for the Russian Communist Party and Marina Litvinovich, who ran for the Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko", attend a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results...more

Politicians Mikhail Lobanov, who ran for the Russian Communist Party and Marina Litvinovich, who ran for the Russian United Democratic Party "Yabloko", attend a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party to protest against the preliminary results of the parliamentary election in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2021. REUTERS/Polina Nikolskaya
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Militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic queue in an information centre to vote in the Russian parliamentary election via an online system in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic queue in an information centre to vote in the Russian parliamentary election via an online system in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Militants of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic queue in an information centre to vote in the Russian parliamentary election via an online system in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, Ukraine September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus enter a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus enter a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus enter a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus rehearse before their concert in a local club, where a polling station is located, on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus rehearse before their concert in a local club, where a polling station is located, on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic,...more

Members of Bolshoy Kunaley Family People's Chorus rehearse before their concert in a local club, where a polling station is located, on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A woman casts her ballots at the last day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Tatiana Meel

A woman casts her ballots at the last day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Tatiana Meel

A woman casts her ballots at the last day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 19, 2021.  REUTERS/Tatiana Meel
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A Russian service member walks out of a voting booth before casting a ballot at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

A Russian service member walks out of a voting booth before casting a ballot at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

A Russian service member walks out of a voting booth before casting a ballot at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar
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A woman looks through a ballot before casting her vote as a member of a local election commission wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) visits patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the Russian parliamentary election at the red zone of a hospital for war and labour veterans in Volgograd, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Kirill Braga

A woman looks through a ballot before casting her vote as a member of a local election commission wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) visits patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the Russian parliamentary election...more

A woman looks through a ballot before casting her vote as a member of a local election commission wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) visits patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the Russian parliamentary election at the red zone of a hospital for war and labour veterans in Volgograd, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Kirill Braga
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A woman casts her vote in her house on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Tarbagatay, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia September 17, 2021. RUETERS/Maxim Shemetov

A woman casts her vote in her house on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Tarbagatay, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia September 17, 2021. RUETERS/Maxim Shemetov

A woman casts her vote in her house on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Tarbagatay, in the Republic of Buryatia, Russia September 17, 2021. RUETERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Cossacks gather outside a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the settlement of Krasny Kolos in Rostov Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov

Cossacks gather outside a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the settlement of Krasny Kolos in Rostov Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov

Cossacks gather outside a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the settlement of Krasny Kolos in Rostov Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov
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Russian servicemen queue to vote at a polling station, which is placed in a sport hall, during a three-day parliamentary election in the village of Ryabinovka in Kaliningrad region, Russia September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

Russian servicemen queue to vote at a polling station, which is placed in a sport hall, during a three-day parliamentary election in the village of Ryabinovka in Kaliningrad region, Russia September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

Russian servicemen queue to vote at a polling station, which is placed in a sport hall, during a three-day parliamentary election in the village of Ryabinovka in Kaliningrad region, Russia September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar
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A woman presents Russian flags to passengers, who depart for a polling station in Russia's Rostov Region to vote in the Russian parliamentary election, in the rebel-controlled town of Makeyevka (Makiivka) outside Donetsk, Ukraine, September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

A woman presents Russian flags to passengers, who depart for a polling station in Russia's Rostov Region to vote in the Russian parliamentary election, in the rebel-controlled town of Makeyevka (Makiivka) outside Donetsk, Ukraine, September 19, 2021....more

A woman presents Russian flags to passengers, who depart for a polling station in Russia's Rostov Region to vote in the Russian parliamentary election, in the rebel-controlled town of Makeyevka (Makiivka) outside Donetsk, Ukraine, September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko
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A member of a local election commission carries a ballot box during a visit to the village of Duplevo on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections, in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

A member of a local election commission carries a ballot box during a visit to the village of Duplevo on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections, in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

A member of a local election commission carries a ballot box during a visit to the village of Duplevo on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections, in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva
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A local resident casts a ballot in his house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Sintsovo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

A local resident casts a ballot in his house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Sintsovo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

A local resident casts a ballot in his house on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Sintsovo in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva
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Members of a local election commission wait for voters at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Redkino in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

Members of a local election commission wait for voters at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Redkino in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva

Members of a local election commission wait for voters at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Redkino in Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Anastasia Makarycheva
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A woman holding a dog checks her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

A woman holding a dog checks her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko

A woman holding a dog checks her ballots at a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in Stavropol, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko
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A man speaks to women as he sits in his Moskvich car next to a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A man speaks to women as he sits in his Moskvich car next to a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A man speaks to women as he sits in his Moskvich car next to a polling station on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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A voter look on as members of a local election commission prepare his ballots inside a bus used as a mobile polling station at the second day of a three-day long vote in parliamentary and regional elections in the village of Petrovskoye, Moscow region, Russia September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

A voter look on as members of a local election commission prepare his ballots inside a bus used as a mobile polling station at the second day of a three-day long vote in parliamentary and regional elections in the village of Petrovskoye, Moscow...more

A voter look on as members of a local election commission prepare his ballots inside a bus used as a mobile polling station at the second day of a three-day long vote in parliamentary and regional elections in the village of Petrovskoye, Moscow region, Russia September 18, 2021. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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A woman in traditional dress walks past a polling box on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A woman in traditional dress walks past a polling box on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

A woman in traditional dress walks past a polling box on the last day of three-day long parliamentary elections in the village of Bolshoy Kunaley, Buryatia Republic, Russia September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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Russian service member of the Russian Navy queue before casting their votes at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

Russian service member of the Russian Navy queue before casting their votes at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar

Russian service member of the Russian Navy queue before casting their votes at a polling station during a three-day parliamentary election in the Baltic Sea town of Baltiysk in Kaliningrad Region, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Vitaly Nevar
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Marine cadets vote on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel

Marine cadets vote on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel

Marine cadets vote on the first day of a three-day long parliamentary elections in the far eastern city of Vladivostok, Russia September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Tatiana Meel
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