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Nadezhda Viktorovna votes at a polling station in central Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Polling stations have opened across Russia for the presidential elections widely expected to return Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin as President. (AP Photo/Harry Engels)

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.