Sergei Cherkashin, Associated Press
In their reindeer hide tent, residents of Yamal peninsula peruse ballot papers ahead of voting in the Russian presidential election. Election officials have begun collecting votes in Russia's far-flung regions ahead of the March 2 vote, in which Vladimir Putin is to move over to the prime minister's job following the almost certain election of his longtime aide Dmitri Medvedev.

In their reindeer hide tent, residents of Yamal peninsula peruse ballot papers ahead of voting in the Russian presidential election. Election officials have begun collecting votes in Russia's far-flung regions ahead of the March 2 vote, in which Vladimir Putin is to move over to the prime minister's job following the almost certain election of his longtime aide Dmitri Medvedev.