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Russia's far-flung regions cast presidential votes

Russia's far-flung regions cast presidential votes
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More than 6,000 kilometres from Moscow, voting for the Russian presidential election has already begun in earnest.

The far eastern region of Kamchatka is one of 37 remote provinces which began casting ballots on Friday.

Electoral officials have flown out to these far-flung corners of the country to monitor the process.

Just one percent of Russians will participate in this early round of voting.

It runs until March 3rd, known as the Day of Silence, before the election day on March 4th.

Russian law allows residents of the most remote regions or citizens unable to attend polling stations in their normal places of residence to take part.

Once this process is over, the ballot boxes are kept sealed until vote counting begins across the rest of Russia.