Russian ruling party seeks new mandate despite economic slump

September 18, 2016 5:37 PM

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Russian ruling party seeks new mandate despite economic slump

MOSCOW — Russians went to the polls Sunday in a parliamentary vote that the Kremlin hopes will maintain its stranglehold on national politics without provoking protests like those that erupted five years ago over widespread fraud.

United Russia, the ruling party, leads a pack of four parties in parliament that are largely aligned with the policies of President Vladimir Putin and are expected to win a vast majority of the vote, according to recent polling.

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