Hundreds of Russian nationals cast their early vote in San Franciso on Sunday before the official Russian elections on March 18. This year the polling station was set up at the Christian Orthodox Holy Virgin cathedral, after the closure of the Russian consulate in San Francisco last year. This left California without official Russian representation. Diplomats from Seattle's consulate flew... Еще South to California to tour the biggest cities of the state in order for Russian nationals to cast their vote. «In order to have the opportunity to vote, first of all for old people and for those who cannot come to Seattle, advance votes were organized,» explained Halit Aisin, head of electoral commission. «It's very inconvenient that they close the consulate here,» said Vladimir, a Russian voter, adding that «it's very good that we had this opportunity to expose our vote here.» Another voter, Yuri, expressed his favourite candidate: «I vote for Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin because I like this guy.» The presidential election in Russia is scheduled to take place on March 18 in mainland Russia.