When Russian protesters took to the streets last year following allegations of mass fraud in the parliamentary elections, Vladimir Churov became a popular hate figure.
Many held the head of the central elections commission responsible for massaged results that had given the ruling United Russia party up to 99% of the vote in some regions of the country.
In a comment widely lampooned by protesters, the then-president Dmitry Medvedev referred to Churov as a "wizard" for his success in predicting the election's outcome.
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