United Russia increases its hold on the State Duma
As expected President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia has substantially increased its majority in the State Duma and across local and regional elections in Sunday’s general election.
In the State Duma the Kremlin’s ruling United Russia won 343 of 450 seats, increasing the number of seats on 2011 by 105. The second place Communist Party dropped 50 seats to take 42 seats and the Liberal Democratic Party dropped 17 seats to take 39 seats. A just Russia dropped 41 seats to take 23 seats. The far-right Rodina won one seat as did the more moderate Civic Platform. One independent also managed to win a seat.
Turnout was just 47.8%.