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Putin ally wins tight Moscow polls, Navalny cries foul

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Moscow's pro-Kremlin mayor was set to win tight elections Sunday in the Russian capital, just escaping a second-round run-off after a strong challenge from protest leader Alexei Navalny, who denounced the results as falsified. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin votes at a polling station during a mayoral election in Moscow, on September 8, 2013.

Initial results showed that Sergei Sobyanin, a leading ally of President Vladimir Putin, would narrowly win in the first round with just over half the vote after Navalny unexpectedly picked up over a quarter of the ballots.

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