Ex-minister Urges Russian Parliamentary Vote Rerun

Published January 6, 2012 8:54AM (EST)

MOSCOW (AP) — A former Cabinet member close to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is calling for a rerun of the country's fraud-tinged parliamentary elections.

Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said in his blog Friday that the government must open a dialogue with the opposition on holding a repeat ballot under a revised electoral law.

Kudrin's statement appears aimed at bolstering Putin, whose bid to reclaim the presidency in March elections has been undermined by the public outrage over last month's parliamentary vote.

Kudrin said authorities must acknowledge that the Dec. 4 parliamentary election was unfair, warning that failure to do so would undermine the legitimacy of the presidential vote.

By Salon Staff

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