United Russia will win
The inevitable will happen today, in that the party of President Dmitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, United Russia (ER), will easily win the general election. Recent opinion polls have, however, shown support falling for both the party and its key leaders. Putin, in a rare show of defiance by the public, was even booed at one event and opinion polls show his support at its lowest since 2001.
Nevertheless, Russian opinion polls give United Russia (ER) 53% of the vote, down from 64% four years ago (2007) which would give them 253-264 seats in the 450 seat state Duma or lower chamber.
Voters will be able to choose from the national lists of seven registered political parties.
There are 109,983,274 registered voters and they will vote at 95,000 polling stations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time across nine time zones.
In the outgoing Duma, United Russia (ER) had 315 seats, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) had 57 seats, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) had 40 seats and A Just Russia (SR) had 38 seats.