Moscow, Russia – After a summer of protests calling for fair elections, the Russian capital this weekend witnessed an unprecedented political event: a setback for the power in place.
Candidates endorsed by United Russia, President Vladimir Putin‘s party, lost in almost half of Moscow districts in Sunday’s polls to elect representatives to the Duma, Moscow’s parliament.
In 2014, the party had secured 38 out of the 45 seats in the city Duma. This time, it won only in 25 districts, effectively surrendering 13 seats.
All non-systemic opposition candidates were effectively barred from running, and the major beneficiary turned out to be the Communist party, which placed 13 people in the municipal assembly.
Liberal parties Yabloko or The Russian United Democratic Party and Fair Russia secured four and