Two highly-respected teachers have been unmasked as ballot riggers for Vladimir Putin in shocking CCTV footage.
Maths teacher Svetlana Kolobaeva, who acted chairman of a local election commission in Moscow, has been named as the woman caught filling a ballot box with fraudulent votes during Sunday's election.
Viktoria Bobrovskaya, a physical education teacher and activist in the pro-Putin United Russia party, was also outed for helping to rig the ballot.
Svetlana Kolobaeva (left), a maths teacher and election commission chairman from Moscow, and Viktoria Bobrovskaya (right), a PE teacher and pro-Putin activist, have been exposed for stuffing a ballot box in the Russian capital
CCTV captured Kolobaeva and Bobrovskaya filling the ballot box with voting slips during Sunday's election in plain view of other election officials
All votes from the polling station were later discounted after the abuse came to light, one of 13 across the country where ballots were discounted.
However, foreign election observers said the two women were simply the 'tip of the iceberg' and scapegoating them will do nothing to stop widespread election abuse.
There is concern that volunteer election staff all over Russia came under pressure to get the 'right result' for Putin in their districts.
CCTV captured officials dropping filled-out voting forms into ballot boxes or, in one case, placing balloons in front of a camera just as counting began.
Both women - so far the only ones to be exposed as riggers - could now go to jail for up to four years.
Putin won a landslide with almost 77 per cent of the vote - his highest ever.
All votes from the polling station were later discounted and the teachers banned from future election activities. It is not clear if they will face legal action
Bobrovskaya reportedly trembled as she was confronted with the