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Scenes from the Russian Presidential Election

Voting in the wilds of Siberia and the rural lands of Russia is a lot different than it is in Russian cities, or in America

A resident of Krasnodar votes on the day of the presidential election. © Sergey Karpov / Reuters 2012

Russia is the largest nation on Earth. With over 6.6 million square miles (17.125 million square kilometers), it is almost twice as large as each of the next three largest nations – Canada, China and the United States. The country spans 11 time zones.

But with 77 percent of Russia’s population located in the western third of the country, this means that when one conducts the Presidential elections, there are many miles to cross and quite a bit of hardship to bring the voting services to people everywhere across the land.

This short collection of photos, courtesy of the Associated Press, Reuters, RIA / Novosti and vKontakte, show what it looks like as people out in the countryside chose the candidate they wanted for President of the Russian Federation for the term between 2012 and 2018. We can expect more such scenes tomorrow.

We at RussiaFeed.com hope you enjoy this brief glimpse into Russian life!

An election commission officer carries a box for
voices on deep snow in the village
Lomakino, Smolensk region. 2012
AP Photo / Sergei Grits
A resident of the village of Sukharevo receives her newsletter. © Sergey Ponomarev / AP Photo 2012
Voting in the Nilova Monastery of the Deserts near Ostashkov. © Thomas Peter / Reuters 2012
Employee of the electoral commission in the village of Slezenki in the Smolensk region. © Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti 2012
A resident of the village of Oktyabrskoye votes on the day of the presidential election. © Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters 2012

An employee of a cattle-breeding farm in the village of Slezenki in the Smolensk region votes on the day of the presidential election. © Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti 2012

Another employee of a cattle-breeding farm in the village of Slezenki in the Smolensk region votes on the day of the presidential election. © Ilya Pitalev / RIA Novosti 2012
26.02.2012, Russia | Residents of Sumarokovo village of Turukhansk district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory took part in the early voting at the presidential elections in Russia. — © RIA NEWS / Alexander Kryazhev

A resident of the village of Kravotyn votes in his house. © Thomas Peter / Reuters 2012

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