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Duma Vote Sparks Protest - Where Will It Lead?
EARLY COUNT SHOWS UNITED RUSSIA WON BARELY HALF THE VOTE, OPPOSITION PARTIES GAINED GROUND; DUMA INSIDER SAYS PARTY IS OUT OF TOUCH WITH URBAN RESIDENTS; EXPERT: RESULTS OPEN POTENTIAL FOR A REALIGNMENT OF POLITICAL PARTY FORCES
KREMLIN DOESN'T WANT TO ROCK THE BOAT. (By Aleksandra Samarina and Ivan Rodin. Nezavisimaya gazeta, Dec. 6, 2011, p. 1 Condensed text:) Yesterday, the Central Electoral Commission released preliminary results of the parliamentary elections. The primary result: United Russia won most of the vote but experienced significant declines, especially in major cities. President Dmitry Medvedev gathered his supporters together in Gorky [official presidential residence - Trans.], where he discussed future reforms of the Russian political system.
According to the CEC, United Russia garnered 49.54% of the vote; the Russian Federation Communist Party, 19.16%; A Just Russia, 13.22%; the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, 11.66%; Yabloko, 3.3%; Just Cause, 0.59%; and the Patriots of Russia, 0.97%. Voter turnout was 60.2%. In the new Duma, United Russia could get 238 seats; the RFCP, 92; A Just Russia, 64; and the LDPR, 56, according to CEC member Nikolai Konkin.
Dmitry Medvedev, leader of United Russia's Duma party list, decided to celebrate his party's victory with supporters at Gorky. He expressed his willingness to improve the country's political system, which is "becoming more intricate": "One-way methods are already ceasing to function. That is, incidentally, a conclusion for United Russia and other parties. Other methods need to be learned; people need be communicated with directly. Together we came up with the Public Support Committee in order for you, as communicators, to bring problems to my attention, and for those who are willing to do public service to start working in government and other state agencies."
Meanwhile, as an informed source on Okhotny Row [i.e., the State Duma - Trans.] told NG, the Kremlin understands that United Russia's present victory is very different from what ...