Russian Politics in the Provinces

NPR's Anne Garrels reports on how voters in Chelyabinsk, in the Ural mountains, view this Sunday's upcoming presidential election. Acting President Vladimir Putin is certain to win, although he's not guaranteed the 50 percent of the votes needed for a first-round victory. In addition to ten other candidates in the race, Putin faces an 11th opponent: voter apathy. Chelyabinsk officials expect many voters to check off the last box on their ballot — the box marked "against all candidates."



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