Putin’s United Russia party more unpopular than ever ahead of parliamentary elections

Russia is voting in its general election on the second of three days for a new parliament, as well as some local and regional bodies. Although Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party is largely expected to win, opinion polls show that in reality, the president’s party has never been less popular, as our correspondents in the Urals region report.

When opposition activist Elena Pariy tries to talk to Russians about the United Russia party, all she gets is “no comment”, silence, or “of course not”, when asked if they will be voting for President Putin’s party.

“Public opinion is radically changing. It’s because of the pensions reform, in particular, and the constitutional amendments. And the additional subsidies paid out before the elections – lots of people saw them as a bribe,” Pariy said.

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