1. Wide tracking shot of Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving to vote, shaking hands with an election official and handing over his passport for registration
2. Mid of policeman
3. Mid of Putin signing papers and receiving ballot paper, pan right to Putin entering booth
4. Wide pan of Putin leaving booth and depositing vote in ballot box
5. Close of ballot box
6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vladimir Putin, Russian President:
"We need business-like, concrete, unpoliticised people; technocrats, who are able to work, and know what to do and how to do it and who take responsibility for their actions. A very important quality for the person who fulfils a role like this is to have good relations towards people."
7. Wide of acting mayor and candidate Sergei Sobyanin walking up to register
8. Cutaway of media
9. Various of Sobyanin registering
10. Various of Sobyanin voting
11. Mid of Sobyanin turning away to leave
12. Wide of polling station where Sobyanin and opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov voted
13. Wide of former prime minister and opposition politician Mikhail Kasyanov walking down street
14. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Mikhail Kasyanov, former prime minister and opposition politician:
"Today is an important day, we're electing the mayor of Moscow, and of course we need changes, changes, Muscovites badly need it, and so do all Russians."
Moscow held its first mayoral election in a decade on Sunday, a potentially pivotal contest that is energising the small opposition in ways that could pose a risk to the Kremlin in the days and years ahead.
Incumbent Sergei Sobyanin, backed by President Vladimir Putin, is expected to easily win the election.
After casting his ballot, Putin said that Moscow needed a technocrat as mayor, a clear allusion to Sobyanin.
"We need business-like, concrete, unpoliticised people, technocrats, who are able to work, and know what to do and how to do it and who take responsibility for their actions," Putin said.
Despite Sobyanin's likely victory, the candidacy of charismatic opposition leader Alexei Navalny has prompted a burgeoning wave of grassroots campaigning by thousands of volunteers who had not engaged in a competitive race before.
If Navalny can get more than 20 percent of the vote or even come close to forcing Sobyanin into a run-off, it could embolden the opposition in its efforts to one day drive Putin from power.
While Navalny has been allowed to run, he has been targeted by an increasingly dirty campaign, with election officials accusing him of being funded from abroad and state media giving little air time to his views.
Golos, Russia's leading independent election monitor, said that there hadn't been evidence of major violations early on.
A vote seen as unfair could trigger protests, just as reports of widespread fraud in a national parliamentary election in 2011 set off the unprecedented demonstrations against Putin's rule.
The election is the first since 2003 and the first since the Kremlin last year reversed Putin's 2004 decree abolishing direct elections for the Moscow mayor and other regional leaders.
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