Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin’s party, United Russia, has won in the country’s regional and municipal elections.
While the party won control of all eight regional parliaments, its overall popularity was down amid discontent over rising prices and joblessness.
United Russia’s Boris Gryzlov said he was pleased with the results, acknowledging the anger among Russians about the state of the economy and pointing to regions where his party’s support had surged.
Some 32 million of Russia’s 110 million registered voters cast ballots in Sunday’s poll in a mid-term test of President Dmitry Medvedev’s vow to clean up Russian politics.
Medvedev had promised to loosen the Kremlin’s grip on the political system, but the results of the latest vote are unlikely to silence the dissenting voices.
Opposition parties say the poll was marred by corruption and allege the results have been manipulated.
Officials say voter turnout was about 43 percent.