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You're reading: ‘Crooks, thieves’

Russian voters last week handed a slap in the face to strongman Vladimir Putin.

In a parliamentary vote that Russian and international observers said was flawed, his United Russia party lost 15 percent of the support it had in 2007 despite the ballot stuffing and blanket media coverage it reportedly benefitted from.

Then, more than 5,000 protesters hit the streets to denounce the elections and the ruling party, which is now commonly known as “the party of crooks and thieves.”

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