Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
A woman reads a ballot during the parliamentary election in the western Russian village of Klukino, some 290 miles from Moscow, on Dec. 4, 2011. Russians voted on Sunday in parliamentary polls seen as a test of Vladimir Putin's personal authority ahead of a planned return to the presidency.
Pavel Golovkin / AP
An election official, center, sits inside a car with a ballot box she took to the villagers who were unable to come to the polling station in the village of Arzinka, some 312 miles east of Moscow on Dec. 4, 2011.
Sergei Grits / AP
Yuri Zaitsev votes at his home in the village of Oster, 237 miles west of Moscow, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, as an election commission official looks on, left.
We featured a few images of the Russian parliamentary elections on PhotoBlog over the weekend, but these scenes of rural voting charmed me enough to warrant another post.
Vladimir Putin, seen below preparing to cast his own vote, may not be so enamored with the election results. Projections on Monday indicated that Putin's ruling United Russia party saw its parliament majority weaken sharply in Sunday's vote despite allegations of widespread violations. Read the latest news on the results.
Alexei Nikolsky / Ria Novosti via Reuters
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sits to get registered at a polling station in Moscow on Dec. 4, 2011.