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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visits the election monitoring center in Moscow, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Putin won his third presidential term in Sunday's election. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Yana Lapikova, Government Press Service)

Victorious Putin slams opposition

A jubilant Vladimir Putin on Mar. 7 shrugged off opposition claims that his presidential election victory was unfair and marred by fraud, saying any violations were not significant enough to affect the vote's outcome. "Those who lose never like their defeat," a beaming Putin said.