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Sunday, 19 December, 1999, 15:54 GMT
In pictures: Russia votes

Russians have been turning out to vote in elections to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. It is a huge logistical exercise with over 100 million people eligible to vote.





Soldiers vote in a Moscow polling station.




Voters were faced with a bewildering range of parties - in St. Petersburg a girl helps her grandmother decide which of the 26 she will choose.




A sailor from Russia's Black Sea fleet signs his ballot paper in the Ukrainian seaport of Sevestopol. Russia's neighbours will be watching the results of the elections.




The older generation tend to favour the Communist Party, which is expected to win a majority. Pensioners in Moscow take their pick.




President Boris Yeltsin presents his identity card prior to voting. The results of these elections will be a pointer for the presidential elections due in six months' time.




A Russian Jewish family casts their votes at a polling station in Jerusalem. There are 62,000 Russian immigrants in Israel who still have the right to vote in Russian elections
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