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[i]While millions of Russian voters went to the polls on Sunday amid snow flurries to elect their new president, Yuri Malenchenko cast his ballot far away from any polling station on Earth -- He voted in outer space.
"Malenchenko's trusted person will enter a special room where he can comfortably talk with his comrade working in orbit and, having learnt his decision, fill out a ballot and drop it into a special ballot box that will then be carried to the territorial election commission," Cosmonauts' Training Center spokesman Sergei Tafrov said.
While Malenchenko is radio-contacting his friend, the cosmonauts from Star City will go to the Cosmonauts' House where three polling stations have been set up to cast their ballots simultaneously with him.
"By voting simultaneously with Malenchenko, they will show their solidarity with their colleague who is doing his duty under the challenging conditions of space," Tafrov said, adding that the way they voted could probably start a new voting tradition.[/i]
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