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Russian election: Putin's party wins absolute majority

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By Euronews
Russian election: Putin's party wins absolute majority

<p>President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party is on track to take more than three-quarters of the 450 seats following this weekend’s parliamentary elections.</p> <p>It once again gives the party an absolute majority in the state legislature, something it lost five years ago. </p> <p>In Moscow, few expressed surprise at the result. </p> <p>“I voted for the party of our president, because I think that the future belongs to United Russia. We are not changing our way, we move in the same direction,” said one woman. </p> <p>“I voted just once in my life when I was 18 and I do not want to vote for those bourgeois people anymore. Because I do not believe them. They are just fraudsters,” said one man. </p> <p>“Frankly speaking I am a little dissapointed. Everything is once again, as it was before. Unfortunately our liberal opposition has discredited itself a little. And we do not have any clear message. And so even though I do not support the ruling party I have also nothing to search for in the liberal camp,” said another man. </p> <p>With just under 48 percent, voter turnout was the lowest in Russia’s modern history and significantly down from the 60 percent registered in 2011. </p> <p>Reporting from Moscow, Euronews’ Galina Polonskaya said: “The turnout for these parliamentary elections was a record low, most notably in Russia’s largest cities, Saint Petersburg and the capital.’‘</p>