United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, is far ahead in the nation’s parliamentary election, taking at least 44%, exit polls suggest.
Mr Putin said:
“We can say with certainty that the party has achieved a very good result.”
The nationalist LDPR and the Communist party are way behind United Russia, with about 14-16% each. Liberal opposition parties appear to have failed to pass the 5% threshold needed for party-list representation.
However, the exit polls say though they could still get seats in individual constituencies.
Election Commission head Ella Pamfilova said she was
“fully confident that the elections are proceeding in a quite legitimate way”.