Russia’s ruling party won an election marred by dirty tricks, but the cost of securing victory has grown

Even before the first votes had been cast,¬†Russia’s election result¬†was in little doubt.
Amid allegations of widespread fraud, the country’s ruling party — utterly loyal to President Vladimir Putin — has secured another win: Another veto-proof two-thirds majority in parliament for United Russia.
But the cost of securing victory has grown, and the party’s margin of victory looks smaller this time around.



With 98% of ballots counted, the election commission said Monday that United Russia had won nearly 50% of the vote. The party won 54% of the vote in 2016.

Across the country there have been multiple reports of ballot boxes being stuffed with votes — sometimes caught on the electoral commission’s own CCTV cameras.

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