Putin set to retain power in Russian elections

Vladimir Putin’s ruling party is set for victory in Russia’s parliamentary elections even though he seems to have lost some support.

His United Russia received 44.5% of votes, according to an exit poll, compared to 49% in the previous election five years ago.

Liberal opposition parties, the only group openly critical of President Putin, reportedly failed to get over the 5% threshold needed for party representation.

The nationalist LDPR was said to be in second place with 15.3% of the votes, followed by the Communist party on 14.9% and the Just Russia party on 8.1%.

Photo. Vladimir Putin casting his vote