On Saturday, tens of thousands of Muscovites are expected to march through the Russian capital to demand honest elections and keep the pressure on prime minister and presidential candidate, Vladimir Putin, a month before the election.
But away from Moscow, there are fewer signs of public protest and more support for the man.
The BBC's Steve Rosenberg has been to the industrial heartland of Russia, the Ural Mountains, to find out what people there think of Vladimir Putin.
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