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Russia’s ruling pro-Putin party wins parliamentary vote


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A local election commission counts ballots in a Kazansky train terminal polling station. This was after polls close during the three-day-long parliamentary election that took place in Moscow, Russia on September 19, 2021. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, is on course to win a three-day parliamentary election, initial results and an exit poll showed on Sunday.

Only 9% had been counted nationally, and the Central Election Commission declared that United Russia has won 38.57%.

An exit poll done by INSOMAR was published by Russia’s RIA News Agency. It predicted that United Russia would win slightly more than 45%.

It won less than 54% of votes in 2016’s last parliamentary election. Since then it has experienced a drop in popularity as a result of years of poor living conditions and general malaise.

Initial results indicated that the Communist Party was second, with 25.17%. The LDPR nationalist party had 9.6%.

Russians should follow Alexei Navalny’s tactical voting strategy. This involves supporting the person most likely defeat United Russia in an electoral area.

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