Yevgeny Arkhangelsky, student
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Electoral fraud fears in the 'Black Heart of Russia'

Russians are voting in parliamentary elections on Sunday 4 December - already denounced by opponents of the ruling United Russia party as neither free nor fair.

Seven parties are taking part - but what are the key issues for the voters?

The BBC's Steve Rosenberg travelled to the town of Tambov, 500km from Moscow - it is known as the "Black Heart of Russia" because of its rich soil and farmland.

  • 29 Nov 2011
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