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Public 'have lost patience with Putin'


In Russia, Vladimir Putin's party has won about half the votes in the country's parliamentary election, enough to keep his party in power but a big drop in popularity.

The Economist's international editor, Edward Lucas, reflects on the implications of this setback for Prime Minister Putin, three months before he is due to stand again in the presidential elections.

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