Mar. 4 - Outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev casts his ballot in a presidential election which Vladimir Putin is expected to win. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russia President Dmitry Medvedev arrived at a polling station in Moscow with his wife Svetlana on Sunday (March 4) to cast his ballot in the presidential election expected to return Vladimir Putin to the seat he held from 2000-2008. Medvedev didn't say anything on the elections, but said "good luck" to reporters at the polling station as he was leaving. Vladimir Putin remains by far Russia's most popular politician. But the opposition, which branded Putin's party United Russia a collection "swindlers and thieves", has held numerous protests since a disputed Dec. 4 poll returned the party to a slim majority in the State Duma amid claims of irregularities such as ballot box stuffing. Tens of thousands have taken to the streets to call for a rerun of elections and en end to Putin's rule. Still, a recent poll by the Levada Centre, a public research firm, has suggested that Putin will win the election with 63-66 percent of the vote, far ahead of his closest rival, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, who is forecast to win 15 percent of the vote.