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Putin in Control as Russian Vote Looms

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Putin in Control as Russian Vote Looms

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Putin in Control as Russian Vote Looms

Putin in Control as Russian Vote Looms

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Russia is preparing for presidential elections on March 14, and polls show President Vladimir Putin with a commanding lead. The lack of substantial opposition — and earlier crackdowns on political opponents — is worrisome to observers who would prefer more Western-style democracy in Russia. Hear NPR's Scott Simon and Paul Quinn Judge, Moscow bureau chief for Time magazine.