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Her little village of Mekhketi, she said, is even on the way to winning the cash prize she says authorities have promised for the polling station registering the biggest turnout.

"(We’ve) already won the regional competition. In a few days we’ll hear whether we won throughout all of Chechnya," Khaseinova, 53, said, wearing a traditional Chechen scarf over her head and squinting in the cold mountain air.

"The organizers of the polling station have been promised some kind of prize money if they win," she adds, hiding a smile.

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