• MOSCOW VOTES TO ELECT NEW MAYOR

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    MOSCOW: A top critic of President Vladimir Putin on Sunday faces a Kremlin-backed incumbent Sergei Sobyanin in a hotly contested Moscow mayoral poll, the first time an opposition leader has been allowed to stand in a high-profile election. The candidacy of anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny has made the race the first genuinely competitive Russian election since the heady first post-Soviet years.

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