Big vote for constitution

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The Independent Online
Russia's first post-Soviet constitution was adopted by 58.4 per cent of those who cast ballots in a national referendum, AP reports from Moscow.

The Central Election Commission announced that 58.2 million of Russia's 106 million registered voters participated in the ballot. The commission has yet to release official figures on the results of elections to the parliament's law-making State Duma, which is likely to be dominated by hardliners.