Putin's party dominates at Russia parliament vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin casts ballots as he votes at a polling station during parliamentary elections in MoscowPresident Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party on Sunday cruised to an easy victory at parliamentary elections, exit polls showed, despite the longest economic crisis of his 16-year rule. The ballot for the 450-seat State Duma appeared to have been smooth sailing for authorities desperate to avoid a repeat of mass protests last time round and could now pave the way for Putin to glide to a fourth term as president at elections set for 2018. “We can announce already with certainty that the party secured a good result, that it won,” Putin said after the vote.

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