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Putin Consolidates Power as Young Loyalists Enter Duma

Hannah Thoburn

When the final results of the September 18th Russian Duma elections were announced on Friday, the outcomes were entirely as expected. President Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party was victorious, though reports of electoral fraud indicate that, particularly in cities, those results had to be manipulated. Turnout was down to only 48 percent, helping United Russia push its share of Duma seats even higher than it had been before. When the new Duma is seated, 76 percent of its deputies will be from United Russia and will hold 105 more seats than it had previously. The remaining seats went to the systemic opposition parties that Putin trusts to not rock the political boat: the Communist Party, A Just Russia, and the Liberal Democratic Party. Each of these saw their share of Duma seats shrink markedly.

No one from a non-systemic opposition party was elected to parliament; the last remaining of those deputies, Dmitriy Gudkov, was defeated in his quest to retain his seat. There were, however, 3 independent deputies elected. They are expected to follow Putin’s lead.

Read the full article at World Affairs Journal.

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