As Russians prepare to head to the polls on Sunday, voters in the nation's cities are increasingly unhappy with what seems to be almost a foregone conclusion. Vladimir Putin will be re-elected president. But out in the rural areas, support remains wide-spread, if more reserved than it once was.
Russians head to the polls soon to choose a new president — who will likely be an old president. Vladimir Putin is expected to win re-election relatively easy, but there's growing discontent with him and political corruption in Russia, which has sent thousands into the street in protest.
Vladimir Putin is almost certain to become Russia's President once again. But as The World's Laura Lynch reports, there is growing disillusionment with Putin over his perceived corruption and abuse of authority.
Russia's Vladimir Putin held a campaign rally at a Moscow soccer stadium today, and 130,000 people showed up. Russia is holding a presidential election in ten days, and Putin is hoping to retake the office he held.
The World's Alex Gallafent looks at a Russian movie, Hipsters, arriving in American theaters. It's American-style hipsters in 1950s Moscow. The film's director says there are some parallels with the current wave of anti-Putin protesters in Russia today.
Thousands of protesters plan to gather in Russia on Saturday to call for political reform. But Moscow will also host competing rallies, some in support of Russia's current prime minister and top presidential candidate, Vladimir Putin.
About a thousand miles east of Moscow in a land far far away, is Russia's industrial heartland, a traditonal support base for Vladimir Putin. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg talks to Marco Werman about the view from the heartland.