Russians go to the polls on March 4 to elect a president to replace Dmitry Medvedev. The run-up to the election has been marked by opposition protests and a surge of opposition activism sparked by Vladimir Putin's return to stand for a third term after four years as prime minister, as well as allegations of electoral fraud in last December's parliamentary elections. The World's Laura Lynch is in Russia covering the elections.
A presidential campaign poster for Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is on display in the far eastern city of Vladivostok
A presidential campaign poster for Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is on display in the eastern city of Vladivostok. (Photo: REUTERS/Yuri Maltsev)