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Critics: Putin's Grip on Media Unfair Election Edge

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Critics: Putin's Grip on Media Unfair Election Edge

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Critics: Putin's Grip on Media Unfair Election Edge

Critics: Putin's Grip on Media Unfair Election Edge

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Russia holds its presidential elections next week, and polls show incumbent Vladimir Putin with a commanding lead. Challengers accuse Putin of using his control over Russian TV networks to promote his re-election campaign. Many voters praise Putin's achievements, but some see the constantly positive images of the president as propaganda. NPR's Lawrence Sheets reports.