Putin party wins big after crackdown on opponents; will hold two-thirds of Duma

Putin party wins big after crackdown on opponents; will hold two-thirds of Duma
Vladimir Putin (Image: Frederic Legrand - COMEO/Shutterstock)

[Ed. – Now there’s a [bleeping] surprise.  In one sense this means we can expect predictability in Russian policy, but the predictions would be largely unfavorable to genuine U.S. interests (as opposed to the ones the “Biden” administration has in view.  Some of the “Biden” policy is as anti-U.S. as anything Russia could cook up.]

Russia’s ruling United Russia party, which supports President Vladimir Putin, won an emphatic parliamentary majority after its most vociferous critics were prevented from contesting an election that opponents said was marred by large-scale fraud.

With 98% of ballots counted on Monday, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won nearly 50% of the vote, with its nearest rival, the Communist Party, at just under 20%. United Russia won 54% in 2016, the last time a vote was held.

The scale of the victory means United Russia will have more than two-thirds of deputies in the 450-seat State Duma lower house of parliament. This will enable it to continue to push through laws without having to rely on other parties.

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