From RIA Novosti:
United Russia, a Kremlin-backed party, won a convincing victory Sunday in elections to local legislatures in nine regions in what many politicians consider a preparation for next year’s parliamentary polls.
The elections took place in the Republics of Karelia, Tuva, and Chuvashia, and in the Astrakhan, Novgodorod, Lipetsk and Sverdlovsk Regions, the Jewish Autonomous Area and the Primorye Territory.
The ruling United Russia party claimed earlier this year that it would secure more than 45% of the party-list votes in Sunday’s regional elections.
New election rules, adopted on an initiative by President Vladimir Putin, eliminate single-mandate districts, and the preliminary results of Sunday’s voting indicate how strong United Russia’s hold is on the constitutional majority in the lower house of the Russian parliament, the State Duma.
The story continues with details from each of the regions.