No surprises in RussiaThe Duma elections are over. The only footnotes you need to add to your textbook revolve around United Russia's power to amend the constitution on its own and the details about the use of party lists.
Pro-Kremlin Party Wins Big Majority in Russian Parliament
The Kremlin's power-base party took an overwhelming victory in national parliament elections, winning three-quarters of the seats, the head of the Central Elections Commission reported Monday.
With 93 percent of the ballots from Sunday's vote counted, the United Russia party was on track to get 343 of the 450 seats in the State Duma…
It's an immense gain for the party that already held a majority in the previous parliament -- soaring by more than 100 seats. The party now has enough to amend the constitution on its own…
In contrast to the two previous elections, only half the seats in this election were chosen by national party list; the others were contested by single-seat districts.
Turnout was distinctly lower than in the last Duma election in 2011…
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