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Putin delivers patriotic speech at Moscow rally

A crowd of thousands has heard Vladimir Putin deliver a patriotic speech at a Moscow stadium as he bids for re-election as president of Russia.

Pledging to win "the battle for Russia", he said he would not allow interference in the country's affairs.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is expected win the presidential race, and denies that alleged fraud in December's parliamentary vote was widespread.

Daniel Sandford reports.

  • 23 Feb 2012
  • From the section Europe