Russia's parliamentary elections results displayed strong signs of fraud, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis published on Wednesday. Experts questioned results giving Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party a majority of votes, explaining that statistical anomalies in voter turnout cast doubts on their validity.
The analysis alone is not enough to prove fraud, the analysts said, but when joined with other reports of procedural violations it "provides the first overall picture that any alleged election fraud could be broad in scale."
Foreign and Russian election observers have reported vote-rigging at the polls and dismissed the validity of results.
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