Putin Party maintains majority parliament, communists gain ground

United Russia has maintained the parliamentary majority in the elections, the preliminary results show. The party, affiliated with President Putin, has counted nearly 49 percent of the vote by almost 74 percent of the vote. The Communist Party follows by about 20 percent of the votes.

Compared to the last parliamentary elections in 2016, the results seem to be a bit worse for United Russia. Then the party raised more than 54 percent of the vote.

But according to critics, the party would have gone even worse if no fraud had been committed. โ€œSome observers speak of the most severely falsified elections in a long time,โ€ says correspondent Geert Groot Koerkamp. โ€œAlthough statistics will have yet to tell.โ€

The design of the election was in favour of United Russia anyway, says Groot Koerkamp. โ€œThey were smeared in three days. Three days of voting means its much harder to observe. Observers cant follow everything day and night for three days. In addition, some of the votes were released electronically. That also offers room for fraud.โ€

Protest votes to Communist Party

Critical organizations have been virtually sidelined over the past year. For example, allies of opposition leader Navalny, who serves a two-and-a-half year sentence in a criminal camp, were unable to enter the elections after the judge declared Navalnys movement โ€œextremistโ€ in June.

The opposition leader movement had encouraged voters to vote tactically against United Russia ahead of the election. The bottom line was that they had to vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the United Russia candidate in a particular constituency.

Compared to the previous elections, the Communist Party achieved relatively high profits. โ€œThat will not directly lead to a different situation in parliament, but it does indicate that some of the protest votes go to those kinds of parties,โ€ says Groot Koerkamp.

There are no direct consequences of the preliminary election result, according to Groot Koerkamp. โ€œIts kind of a musical of chairs. Parliament will not change and will simply pass the laws it has to pass from the President. United Russia may have fewer seats, but the constitutional majority will not be in jeopardy.โ€

Russian citizens dont expect much to change due to the results: