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Putin’s Ruling Party Set to Clinch Victory in Legislative Polls

  • Crackdown sidelined political opponents ahead of vote
  • United Russia’s popularity has plunged amid stagnant incomes
A woman votes during the second day of the three-day parliamentary and local elections in Moscow on Sept. 18.

A woman votes during the second day of the three-day parliamentary and local elections in Moscow on Sept. 18.

Photographer: Alexander Nemonov/AFP/Getty Images

President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party is set to win a decisive victory in legislative polls despite simmering discontent after sidelining political opponents.

While Putin personally retains broad support, according to polls, his United Russia party recorded some of the lowest ratings in nearly a decade earlier this year, scorned by voters angry over stagnant living standards and unpopular policies.