United Russia set to win but only just
With around 85% of the votes counted in Sunday’s general election, United Russia (ER), Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev’s party, was standing on 50.2% of the vote. That is a massive drop from the 2007 election when they took 64% of the vote and were able to secure a two thirds majority in the state Duma.
The Communist Party (KPRF) is in second place with around 19% of the vote, up from 11.6% in 2007, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) are on 12%, up from 8.1% and A Just Russia (SR) are on 13% up from 7.7% in 2007.
Turnout was 60%, down from 63.7% in 2007.
The result will be seen as a massive knock for the ruling party and its two leaders. Although Medvedev was putting on a brave face and saying that it was a moral victory, in Russian terms this was a rejection of Putin and Medvedev.
The main event, the Presidential election, takes place on 4th March 2012.