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Pravda Report

The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation reported that the United Russia had won parliamentary elections.

93% of the votes have been counted so far.

The United Russia has gained as much as 54.27%. The Communists and Liberal Democrats have got 13.46% and 13.25% respectively. While 6.17% have voted for the Just Russia party.

Thus, the United Russia may gain constitutional majority in the State Duma yet again, which allows it to make amendments on its own and override a presidential veto.

As Pravda.Ru reported elections to the lower chamber of the parliament took place on 18 September. The turnout made up 39.37%.

None of the non-parliamentary parties reached a 5% threshold.

‘We have difficult times now, but the people have voted for the United Russia all the same,’ Vladimir Putin said, who is the founder of the party.

Why Russians will always support Putin

The Stratfor analysts concluded that political situation in Russia is more stable than it seems to be.

The West believes that drastic fall of the oil prices in addition to the Western economic sanctions, imposed after the Russia’s annexation of the Crimea given its support of separatists on the East of Ukraine, will provoke such economic and social tensions in Russia, which would become a real threat to the government of President Vladimir Putin. Steven Hall, the agency’s expert, noted that it’s not a correct take on the state of affairs.

The problem is that the authors analyze Putin, Kremlin, and events in Russia from an overly Western perspective.

In fact, Putin’s power in Russia and his authority over the Russians remain strong, despite circumstances which could put an end to the political career of most of the Western leaders.

Hall also said that assumptions that economic conditions would keep deteriorating in Russia, as well as dissatisfaction and riots among the Russians would reach a level, which would become a threat to the current status quo, do not hold true.

“When the Russian government explains economic hardship in a nationalistic fashion and blames external forces such as the European Union or the United States, tolerating scarcity becomes almost a national sport, and certainly a matter of great national pride”, the expert noted.

But also the U.S. faces growing numbers of Putin’s admirers

The number of Vladimir Putin’s admirers in the West is growing, the American newspapers write. The Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is being constantly criticized by the Western leaders, evidences growing numbers of his admirers in the United States, the Financial Times stated.

Results of the Economist’s and YouGov’s polls show that only 27% of the registered Republicans negatively treat the Russian president. While two years ago there were 66% of them.

Beside that, 85% of the Republicans called Putin a strong leader, while only 18% of the respondents said the same about the US president Barack Obama.

What about voters who support Donald Trump at the presidential elections, the approval rating of the Russian president among them is even higher, with one-third of Trump supporters saying they view Mr Putin favourably.

The FT journalists note that the shift has taken place when relations between Russia and the US are at the lowest level since the Cold War.

Before that the Forsa Institute for Social Research found out that a lot of supporters of the German opposition parties as Alternative for Germany and the Left trust Vladimir Putin more than their Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Financial Times believes that the President of Russia Vladimir Putin is an example of a real strong leader and it reflects the global trend.


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