Russian Pro-Kremlin Party Loses Strength in Local Elections

HeadlineSep 09, 2019

In more news from Russia, pro-Kremlin candidates retained their majority in Sunday’s local elections but suffered notable losses following weeks of political unrest. The ruling United Russia party, which backs President Vladimir Putin, lost around a third of its seats in the Moscow legislature. Protesters have been taking to the streets over the summer after opposition candidates in Moscow’s city council elections were barred from running. Police arrested thousands of people, including political candidates and opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny urged supporters to vote strategically in the elections to limit the Kremlin’s power.

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