The European monitoring group the OSCE has expressed concern about fairness of the Russian election.
OSCE Parliamentary Assembly President, Petros Efthymiou, said: “The quality of the process deteriorated considerably during the count which was characterised by frequent procedural
violations and instances of apparent manipulation, including several serious indications of ballot box stuffing.”
Victory for United Russia will have surprised few in the country, though the swing away from the ruling party may have. On the streets of Moscow people were not expecting any dramatic change:
“My reaction is one of calm because this was all pretty predictable, so nothing out of the ordinary happened.”
“United Russia’s campaign looked too much like one from the Brezhnev era – too strong. They need to be a bit softer now, because United Russia already has the backing of a lot of people – they tried to hard and they spoiled it.”
The Duma is set for a new kind of politics with President Medved saying United Russia is prepared to do deals with other parties to get backing for its policies.