Members of a local election commission empty a ballot box as they start counting votes during Russia's presidential election in the small town of Krasnyi, some 50 km north of Smolensk, on March 18, 2018. (AFP / Sergei GAPON)
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Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia's presidential election.Video authenticated by The Associated Press showed some of the apparent irregularities and also was reported by observers including representatives of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Golos monitoring group and ordinary Russians.CCTV footage of a voting station in the Moscow suburb of Lyubertsy shows a woman taking a ballot from a table, looking around to see if anyone is watching, then putting it in the box. A video from Ilskhan-Yurt in Chechnya shows a man in a white cap repeatedly putting ballots in the same box.Zukhrab Omarov, an observer for liberal candidate Grigory Yavlinsky, said he was dragged away by police as he was trying to shoot video of violations in Makhachkala.
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