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Feature: Putin's wife breaks siege in order to cast vote

2012-03-04 13:39:50 GMT2012-03-04 21:39:50(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, March 4 (Xinhua) -- A siege, though much much milder than that of the Siege of Leningrad, occurred Sunday under the bright spotlight of the 2012 Russian presidential election in Moscow.

Hordes of photographers, video cameramen, and broadcast, newspaper and magazine reporters were on hand to cover Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's casting of his vote at a Moscow research institute.

By so doing, the journalists blocked the way for Putin's wife to cast her own vote after filling out her ballot in a booth. Mrs. Putin simply could not get out of the booth to cast her ballot in the presidential election that includes her husband as a candidate.

"Now Lyudmila Aleksandrovna is going to vote. Let her out," Putin had to ask from the besieging journalists.

It's tradition for Russians to address their beloved family members by their first and middle names.

Some of Putin's security personnel had to work out an outlet for Mrs. Putin to get out of the booth and cast her vote in the electronic ballot box.

Interested readers of local newspapers might recall a recent edition of an English-language newspaper published in Moscow that carried an article with a heading "Putin Under Siege."

This time the journalists were focusing on Putin but they unintentionally besieged Mrs. Putin.

Not long ago, due to excessive media coverage, Putin had to appeal to the media to leave his wife alone.

"It is not easy for her, as she is not a public personality," Putin said. "You can see that my family members do not engage either in politics or business and I would like you to leave them in peace as it is related to their well-being and security."

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