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Pride and pressure as Crimea holds first Russia parliament vote

A police officer walks out of a voting booth at a polling station during Russia's parliamentary elections in Simferopol, Crimea, on September 18, 2016Crimea went to the polls Sunday to elect deputies to Russia’s parliament for the first time since the region was annexed by Moscow — stirring pride in some, but pushing others to protest. A total of 1,164 polling stations opened across the region, according to its electoral commission, two-and-a-half years after the strategic Black Sea peninsula was seized from Ukraine by the Kremlin. In the regional capital Simferopol, mainly elderly residents flocked to busy polling stations in the city centre.

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