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Medvedev's Landslide Win in Russia Draws Criticism

Western elections observers have criticized Sunday's presidential vote in Russia, in which President Vladimir Putin's chosen successor won a major landslide. Opposition leaders say the election of Dmitri Medvedev was rigged.

The few Western observers allowed to monitor the voting process agreed there were flaws but said there was little doubt that Medvedev was the popular choice.

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Gregory Feifer
Gregory Feifer reports for NPR from Moscow, covering Russia's resurgence under President Vladimir Putin and the country's transition to the post-Putin era. He files from other former Soviet republics and across Russia, where he's observed the effects of the country's vast new oil wealth on an increasingly nationalistic society as well as Moscow's rekindling of a new Cold War-style opposition to the West.