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Researcher: voter activity fractures Putin’s Russian democracy theatre

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResults of elections to Russian State Duma are a signal to the west and Russia itself that there will be no transformation and democratization in Russia, comments researcher of Centre for East European Policy Studies Maris Cepuritis.

He notes that elections progressed without any surprises and results show that they were organized to once again emphasize the status of the ruling elite. «A signal to Russia’s residents and, of course, to the rest of the world is very strong – nothing will change in Russia and, in spite of the economic situation and other complicated matters, President Vladimir Putin and his political elite will remain in power,» – said Cepuritis.

He also emphasized that video footage taken by different eyewitnesses show all kinds of violations of election procedures. Cepuritis adds that it is not surprising – violations had been noted in previous elections as well. It shows that the established tradition is being continued to this day.

«The tradition continues in the organization of centralized and regional-level elections, with election sites serving in favour of United Russia and Putin’s supporters to ensure the right people gain support from voters. This includes using non-registered voters to ensure voter activity is much higher than the real indexes. Elections have demonstrated that one of the biggest problems is voter activity – it fractures Putin’s Russian democracy theatre,» – says the researcher.

Election results show that, according to Putin’s words, society wishes stability in spite of Russia’s economic problems, Cepuritis adds. «This is what they say – we are those who secured the country’s economic growth and stability. They make it clear that everything will stay the same. This is a signal to Russia’s society and the west – there will be no transformation, no democracy and no hope of anything changing,» – emphasized the researcher.

United Russia gained the most seats in the recent State Duma elections, according to provisional results of the Central Elections Committee.

According to those results, which come from the estimate from 80% of ballots, United Russia received 54.28% of votes.

The Communist Party is on the second place with 13.61% of votes, followed by the ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party with 13.37%. Left-centrist party Just Russia is on the fourth place with 6.17% of votes. Other parties failed to pass the 5% barrier to enter the State Duma.

According to election results from single-mandate regions, two other parties have made it to the Russian parliament – Motherland and Civil Platform.

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