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A tearful Vladimir Putin claims victory in Russia's presidential vote; opponents allege fraud

Published 03/04/2012, The Jamestown Sun

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin scored a decisive victory in Russia's presidential election Sunday to return to the Kremlin and extend his hold on power for six more years. His eyes brimming with tears, he defiantly proclaimed to a sea of supporters that they had triumphed over opponents intent on “destroying Russia's statehood and usurping power.”

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