In Putin’s Parliament, Plunging Support Is No Bar to Power

  • United Russia may gain seats even after support tumbles to 40%
  • Putin shrugs off poll decline as sign of healthy competition

Russian President Vladimir Putin President.

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Ruling parties hoping to get re-elected during a prolonged recession usually pitch fresh ideas for easing the population’s economic pain.

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