As expected, the Putin party is ahead in regional elections


Polling station in Moscow

Independent election observers report massive violations of electoral principles in Russia.

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Moscow Against the background of the war in the Ukraine have the Kremlin's candidates in the regional elections in Russia mostly clear victories. According to the central election commission, all 14 incumbent governors who stood to vote won, as the state news agency Tass announced on Monday.

The Kremlin party “United Russia” also has a majority in most regional and city parliaments. Voting took place from Friday to Sunday in more than 80 Russian regions.

The head of the Russian republic of Buryatia in Siberia, Alexey Zydenov, achieved the highest result among the governors. In the end, he officially got 86.23 percent of the votes. The most modest result from the Kremlin's point of view was delivered by Alexander Brechalov with an official 64.38 percent in the Udmurtia republic on the Volga.

The elections are overshadowed by the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine and massive allegations of manipulation. The independent election observers from the Golos organization listed numerous signs of fraud while the election was still going on.

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Even before the elections, members of the opposition complained that candidates who spoke out against the war were not admitted. According to the Russian authorities, however, no serious violations of the electoral code were registered.

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In addition to governors, local parliaments and district councils were also re-elected in many places. A total of around 4,700 elections were scheduled at different levels. More than 45 million Russians were called to vote.

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