Russia

Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party predicted to suffer poor election results

Russia’s parliamentary elections are predicted to deliver a blow to Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, potentially casting a shadow over his plans to run for the presidency in early 2012.

In the outgoing parliament, United Russia holds a two thirds majority. But exit polls suggest this figure could slip to aroud the 50% mark, which would still be a commanding lead but, crucially, would not be enough for the party to change Russia’s constitution without consultation and the support of other parties.

Putin has warned that a strong party in parliament leads to political stability, but there are growing signs that many Russians are tired of Putin’s political style and that his return to the presidency might not be greeted with universal optimism.

About Michael R. Gideon

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