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Putin gears up for Russian election

Prime Minister warns of dirty tricks in run-up to presidential poll

Putin gears up for Russian election
Vladimir Putin said his enemies were planning dirty tricks including ballot stuffing and even murder to tarnish Russia's presidential election that the former KGB spy is almost certain to win. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Prime Minister Putin's aides hope a big win in Sunday's vote will take the sting out of an urban protest movement that casts him as an authoritarian leader who rules through a corrupt and tightly controlled political system. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Putin was initially taken aback at the protests, the biggest of his 12-year rule, but he swiftly mounted an aggressive election campaign for the presidency, mobilising thousands of supporters. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Speaking to his campaign staff in Moscow, Putin said his opponents would seek to declare the elections invalid and suggested that unnamed enemies abroad could try to murder opposition figures to stoke unrest. \n\n"Certain mechanisms will be used to show that the election was falsified," Putin told his supporters.(Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Using street slang, he said his opponents living abroad were ready to order a "sacrificial murder" of a prominent person to ignite protests.\n\n"Sorry for the phrase, but they will whack someone and then blame the authorities for it. These sort of people are ready to do anything. I am not exaggerating," Putin said. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Putin, who this week brushed off a reported plot to kill him, did not say what evidence he had, though he was clearly trying to implicate tycoons who fled Russia during his 2000-08 presidency, many of them to Britain or Israel. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Opinion polls show Putin, described as Russia's "alpha-dog" leader by U.S. diplomats in confidential reports to Washington, will win the election giving him a six-year term in the Kremlin. But the polls also show an increasing dissatisfaction with his rule. (Bloomberg)
Putin gears up for Russian election
Opinion polls show Putin, described as Russia's "alpha-dog" leader by U.S. diplomats in confidential reports to Washington, will win the election giving him a six-year term in the Kremlin. But the polls also show an increasing dissatisfaction with his rule. (Bloomberg)