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Putin's United Russia wins vote - as designed - amid hints of discontent

Posted On: 24 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

MOSCOW - Russia's ruling United Russia party on Sunday secured a landslide win in a vote that has been dubbed the most repressive since Soviet times.
But the long road it took to get there suggests all is not well in the Kremlin's self-fashioned paradise.
With some 85 percent of ballots counted as of Monday morning, United Russia - which backs Russian President Vladimir Putin - had won 50 percent of the vote, appearing to lose some seats in parliament but paving the way for it to retain its majority.
While gaining ground, the Communist Party still trailed far behind, with 20 percent. The nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and the A Just Russia Party, the fourth nominal opposition party in Russia's docile parliament, the Duma, stayed below 10 percent. A new party, A New People, appeared to have just exceeded the 5-percent barrier needed to enter parliament.
While ballots were still being counted on Monday morning, there was little chance of a last-minute upset.
Three days of voting - an extended period the...

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