United Russia on course for landslide victory as Communists contest vote

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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