On Sunday, elections were held in six Russian regions – Tuva, Magadan, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Kostroma and Belgorod. RIA Novosti reports that there were also mayoral elections in Samara, Makhachkala and Pyatigorsk, and city council elections in 14 regional capitals. About one-third of all electors were entitled to vote.
Unsurprisingly in a country that is not considered to be an electoral democracy, the ruling United Russia party did very well and will win everywhere.
ITAR-TASS is reporting that United Russia won more than 50% of the vote in Tuva, Belgorod, Kostroma, Magadan and Chelyabinsk regions, including 80.3% and about 77% in Tuva and Belgorod respectively. In Novosibirsk, United Russia is polling 44.2% of votes, but only 49% of the vote has been counted so far.
In terms of other parties, the report states: “The Communist Party reported the highest percentage of 25.6% in the Novosibirsk Region. The Communists passed a 7% election threshold in five regions, except for Tuva”.
Pravda is reporting that the nationalist Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia won 13.06 percent in the Magadan region, 9.75 percent in the Novosibirsk region, 9.27 percent in the Chelyabinsk region and 9.92 in the Belgorod region.
The Just Russia party won over ten per cent of votes in all six regional elections, including 16.7% in the Novosibirsk Region and 15% in the Chelyabinsk Region.
None of the other parties, which includes the more pro-Western parties, will gain any representation.