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An early contender for man of the year.

Meet Anton Chumachenko, a United Russia (Putin's lot) candidate for a council seat in Sankt-Peterburg, and a mere boy at 23:

"A first-time candidate for office... Chumachenko won a seat on a local legislative council in St. Petersburg last month. Three weeks later, he publicly renounced his own victory, expressing disgust that votes had been falsified in his favor. "I don't need this kind of victory!" the recent college graduate wrote in an open letter to residents. "I don't want to begin my political career with a cynical mockery of rights, laws and morality."

More details at the Washington Post, but that extract should serve as a rebuke to the many electoral fraudsters in these parts.

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