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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 10, 2011 | 1 min read

A suggestive political ad designed to bolster dwindling public support for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party has backfired after the country’s election commission were asked to investigate the ad for potential breaches of the constitution.

It depicts a young woman grabbing a man by the neck and pulling him into a polling booth, accompanying heavy breathing and loud techno music.

Moments later the couple depart, depositing their ballots in a box as the words “let’s do it together” are displayed.

Gennady Gudkov, an influential Duma deputy, told local media: “United Russia has forgotten that voting in Russia is meant to be secret. According to the law, a person who drops their ballot in the box must be in the booth completely alone."

Polling suggests support for United Russia has dropped to 51%, down from 60% just a week ago.