MOSCOW — Parties aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin were poised late Sunday evening to win a commanding victory in national parliamentary elections, maintaining the Kremlin's stranglehold on Russia's State Duma during a period of budgetary belt-tightening and growing international ambitions.
With just over 30 percent of the ballots counted, United Russia, the ruling party founded by Putin, had taken more than 52 percent of the overall vote, and was within striking distance of a two-thirds, or constitutional, majority of seats in Russia’s next parliament. Three other political parties wi...
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