Five people died of heart attacks at seperate polling stations during the presidential elections

Five people died of heart attacks at seperate polling stations during the presidential elections in Russia on Sunday, police said on Sunday.

One man, a 65-year old member of a local election commission in Zelenograd (northern Moscow), went for a cigarette break a few minutes before the polling station was supposed to open for voting, when he suffered a massive heart attack and died before the ambulance arrived.

Another man, who was 53-years old and had been discharged from hospital two days ago, also died from a heart attack after getting his ballot paper at a polling station in Omsk, West Siberia.

A 77-year old retiree died near a polling station in eastern Moscow.

A 59-year old former school principal died in the village of Domna (Zabaikalsky Territory) when she arrived at a polling station.

A similar tragedy occurred in Vologograd where a 72-year old woman died five meters away from the polling station.

Russians are voting on Sunday to elect a president for the fifth time in the nation’s post-Soviet history. The president will serve a six-year term, and not four years as before.

Five candidates, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, nationalist Liberal Democratic Party head Vladimir Zhirinovsky, A Just Russia Party leader Sergei Mironov and the only independent candidate, billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, are running in the March 4 election.


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