21:34 Sep. 19, 2016
Only 47.81% of voters cast their ballots
The average turnout of voters at parliamentary elections in Russia was 47.81% - the lowest result since 1993 when citizens chose the first ever Duma. In the capital, Moscow, the turnout is even more dissatisfying – only a bit more than 35 percent. That is almost two times less comparing to the previous elections in 2011.
Yet, the authorities refuse to admit that the turnout is record low. Neither do they think of declaring the elections null and void.
‘Higher turnout would be preferable, but you should not downplay the importance of those numbers we have now. The turnout cannot be called low', said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov. He also mentioned that the victory of the ruling party means full support of Vladimir Putin by Russian citizens.
The ruling Yedinaya Rossiya (United Russia) has got 343 seats out of 500. Final results of the elections will be announced on September 23.
Ukraine, European Union, the USA and other countries do not recognize elections in Russia because of Crimea occupation.