Putin's Party Walloped in Russian Vote

May lose majority in parliament
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2011 11:34 AM CST
Vladimir Putin's United Russia Party Walloped in Elections
A woman leaves a booth at a polling station in the village of Oster, 380km (237 miles) west of Moscow, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011. Russians cast their ballots with muted enthusiasm in national parliamentary elections Sunday, a vote that opinion polls indicate could water down the strength of the party led...   (Sergei Grits)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin's grand plans to be Russia's next president may have hit a snag: The PM's United Russia party suffered a major setback in parliamentary elections held today, reports Reuters, securing only 48.5% of the vote amid allegations of widespread voter fraud. That marks a significant drop from the 64.3% it secured in 2007, and according to one poll, could mean United Russia loses its majority in the State Duma. That projection shows the party having won 220 of 450 seats. "United Russia has lost touch with reality," said one voter.

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Meanwhile, the complaints of irregularities: "Massive cyber attacks are taking place on the sites of Golos and the map showing violations," tweeted the Golos watchdog. "I believe that nobody but government structures and the FSB (Security service) is capable of conducting such a campaign," said Golos' executive director. (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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