AM Headlines: United Russia Prevails in Elections; Kadyrov, Milonov Keep Seats

September 19, 2016
A chart made by Kommersant showing the distribution of seats in parliament after September 18, 2016 elections. The ruling United Russia party in blue took the overwhelming majority of seats, followed by the Communist Party of Russian Federation, Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; and Just Russia. 3 candidates from smaller parties gained seats in single-mandate elections.

LIVE UPDATES: Not surprisingly, the ruling party, United Russia, has overwhelmingly prevailed with 76% of the State Duma; the Communist Party, Zhirinovsky’s party and Just Russia have far fewer seats. No opposition party has cleared the 5% threshold to enter parliament, but candidates from Rodina and Civic Platform as well as one independent have obtained seats in single-mandate districts.

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AM Headlines: United Russia Prevails in Elections; Kadyrov, Milonov Keep Seats; Putin Plans to Bring Back KGB

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The following headlines are from Novaya Gazeta and Kommersant