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Putin warns opposition ahead of presidential vote
Putin warns opposition over protesting Sunday's presidential vote
By The Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) ' Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned his opponents against unsanctioned protests after Sunday's presidential election.

Putin, who is all but certain to reclaim the presidency, criticized opposition plans for rallies over what they fear will be a fraudulent vote. He said Wednesday it was "unacceptable" to prejudge the vote.

Putin says "we will respect any viewpoint, but are calling on everyone to act within the framework of law and use only legitimate means."



Evidence of widespread vote-rigging in favor of Putin's party in December's parliamentary election fueled a series of massive protests in Moscow demanding an end to Putin's 12-year rule.

Activists have turned out en masse to act as observers of the vote to prevent violations.


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