Votes are being counted following regional elections across Russia. Around 59 million people are eligible to vote and the poll is seen as a precursor
Votes are being counted following regional elections across Russia.
Around 59 million people are eligible to vote and the poll is seen as a precursor to the 2016 State Duma ballot followed by presidential elections in 2018.
The poll will provide United Russia, the party of President Vladimir Putin, with an overwhelming victory.
— Russian Insight (@RussianInsight) September 13, 2015
The Democratic Coalition, an umbrella organisation for the parties of Alexei Navalny and murdered politician Boris Nemtsov, is only running in the Kostroma region.
— Alex Kokcharov (@AlexKokcharov) September 8, 2015
The opposition has been barred from standing elsewhere.
— raging.me (@raging545) September 13, 2015
Putin’s opponents claim they have been prevented from standing by technicalities in a politically motivated bid to stop them from contesting.
Navalny said he expects “major falsifications” in the vote.