Ruling party wins local elections
The ruling party, United Russia, has won local elections which took place on Sunday.
United Russia won all five governorship races in the Amur Region in the Far East, the Bryansk and Ryazan Regions in central area, the Belgorod Region in the west and the Novgorod Region in the north.
Around 20 million people were entitled to vote in 77 of 83 regions, around a fifth of registered voters for about 5,000 regional council seats. United Russia appears to have won most seats but on very low turnouts.
The lowest turnout recorded was 10.89% in the Primorsky territory. Average turnout appears to have been around 20%, although precise figures have not yet been published and the turnout for the governors may have been as high as 30% to 40%.