Moscow (AP) - After the exclusion of dozens of prominent opposition figures, Moscow and other regions of Russia today elect new representatives of the people. The election is mainly at the regional level. The votes in all 85 regions of the Giant Kingdom with its 11 time zones are considered an important mood test for Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin and the ruling party United Russia. In advance, the city council election in Moscow received the most attention. After the exclusion of many oppositionists for alleged formal errors, there were massive protests and thousands of arrests.

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