Russia votes in parliament election without main opposition

  • FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2021, file photo, people sit at a bus stop decorated with posters ahead of the election to the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, and the local legislature in St. Petersburg, Russia. There will be three days of voting this weekend, ending on Sunday, Sept. 19, for the new parliament that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)

MOSCOW — After a few weeks of desultory campaigning but months of relentless official moves to shut down significant opposition, Russia began three days of voting early Friday in a parliamentary election that is unlikely to change the country’s political complexion.

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