Vladimir Putin's party loses more than a third of its seats in the elections in Moscow after protests were violently crushed and opposition leader arrested
- Exclusion of opposition candidates in elections caused mass protests in Moscow
- Putin & # 39; s party on track to govern 26 of the 45 seats of the Moscow parliament
- The poll on Sunday was one of the best viewed elections in years
President Vladimir Putin's ruling party, United Russia, has lost more than a third of the seats in the Moscow parliament after a fleeting election caught in protests.
The poll on Sunday suggests that a tactical voting strategy pushed by opponents may have worked, after the exclusion of many candidates had caused massive demonstrations.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets to demand a fair vote after many opponents had abstained from registration before almost all the candidates in Moscow were imprisoned briefly.
The ruling party of President Vladimir Putin (photo that casts his vote on Sunday), has lost more than a third of the seats in the Moscow parliament after a fleeting election entangled in protests
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whose allies could not run, urged the public to vote tactically to punish the Kremlin and the ruling Russian party.
Government tax was the largest in Russia since a wave of protests in 2011-12 when Putin returned to the presidency.
The Russian Moscow candidates in the United Russia have changed their name to an apparent attempt to distance themselves from the party, whose popularity has been low for more than ten years.
Nearly complete election data quoted by the RIA news agency suggested that Putin's party had lost about a third of the seats it had previously checked.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured with his daughter Alexei, whose allies were blocked to flee, urged the public to vote tactically to punish the Kremlin and the ruling party of Russia
RIA said it was on track to control 26 of the 45 seats in the Moscow parliament, enough to keep its majority. In a 2014 election it did much better, it won 28 seats in its own name and another 10 by independent candidates who supported it.
This time, the RIA said the Communist Party took place from United Russia and reportedly won 13 against five last time. Two other parties, the Yabloko opposition party and the Fair Russia party, seemed to have won three each.
On Sunday, local or regional elections took place in all 11 time zones of Russia.
But the main focus was on Moscow after this summer's demonstrations had become the largest protest movement in Russia since 2011-2013.
Several videos that circulate on social media show that some voters openly fill ballot boxes with multiple ballot papers.
Navalny himself was arrested during the campaign. He tried to challenge Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency in the 2018 elections, but a court stopped his campaign after a conviction of fraud that many see as politics.
People attend a protest march in Moscow, Russia in August. Government tax was the largest in Russia since a wave of protests in 2011-12 when Putin returned to the presidency
The Kremlin has long dismissed him as a problem maker and city dweller who has no contact with ordinary Russians.
But he triggered some alarms after opening campaign offices in 80 towns and villages, most of which had been out of political life for decades and attracted thousands of supporters.
Putin eventually won the election with 77 percent of the vote after Navalny was kept out of the vote.
With more than 60 percent, Putin's popularity is much higher than that of most Western leaders, although lower than before.
The former KGB officer won an election victory last year that will keep him in position until 2024.
United Russia's own popularity suffers from dissatisfaction with a movement to raise the retirement age, but at a time of steadily falling incomes.
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