After complaints of voting violations and a crackdown on the opposition, Putin’s ruling United Russia party is poised to retain its majority.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party is set to win a decisive victory in legislative polls despite simmering discontent after sidelining political opponents.
With 20% of votes counted nationwide, the United Russia party leads with 42.92% of the vote, followed by the Communist Party with 23.04%, LDPR with 8.77%, the A Just Russia party with 7.14% and the New People party with 6.87%
What people are saying?
Anton Troianovski United Russia looks like it lost 10 percentage points compared to 2016, yet could keep its two-thirds supermajority despite getting less than half the votes. On election weekend, with @INechepurenko.
Alec Luhn “He’s no Russian! He’s a foreign agent!” Police remove Golos observer Denis Nochevka (a Russian) from a Krasnodar polling place before vote counting begins.