Our friend In-Limbo (on another thread) proposed to read this article http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=24&art_id=nw20071129122320971C265454 I assure you that the majority of the Russians will vote for Putin's party because they support pres.Putin. It is the truth. Personally I will vote for communist as the only political force that is able to monitor current corrupted regime. Nonsense. It is impossible to know how anybody has voted. There are some opposition parties and unlikely they would receive many votes, because they are not popular. It is unthinkable to suppose that such giants as MTS or Megafon (I'm a subscriber of both) could be forced to pay even a rouble. Vedomosti? Look who are the sponsors of this 'independent' edition. http://www.vedomosti.ru/ They are The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. The technology is well known. Russian so called 'independent newspaper' spreads rumours and then 'serious' Western newspapers reproduce the rumours.