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    MOSCOW, MARCH 16 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Ombudsman of the Russian Federation and co-founder of the Yabloko party Vladimir Lukin has suspended his membership in the Yabloko party for the time of his ombudsman office. "I do not engage in politics now," he told reporters on Tuesday.

    In February Lukin was appointed to the post on the initiative of President Vladimir Putin.

    "I acted according to the law," Lukin said.

    Answering questions from journalists, Lukin said that during the entire presidential campaign he received only one complaint on the violation of human rights.

    "People were put in one of the hospitals in Khabarovsk (Russia's Far East) without absentee ballot papers," he told journalists.

    He did not receive other signals and has no grounds to talk of violations of the rights of voters, Lukin said.

    In his opinion, there are problems with the human rights in some regions of Russia. The voter turnout in these regions was the highest, Lukin noted. He refused to mention them.

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