Russia’s 2021 legislative election looks set to end with a landslide victory for the Kremlin’s United Russia party and the prospect of protests amid evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
With 98 percent of the votes counted, United Russia is projected to have a constitutional majority in parliament.
But it achieved that result on the back of a suspiciously high 49.79 popular vote – and after largely delayed results on e-voting in Moscow, which turned many constituencies back towards the Kremlin.
The Communist Party, which also came second in official voting with 19.5 per cent votes, is refusing to accept the e-voting results.
The head of the Moscow party, Valery Rashkin, announced a protest in the capital’s central square at 7 pm on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has congratulated election officials for overseeing a “positive electoral process”. Vladimir Putin prioritizes “competitiveness, transparency and honesty in the elections”, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /