The results of Sunday’s elections to the Moscow City Duma (legislature) indicate that deliberations of political analysts about protest voting were not true, Russian president’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday, ONA reports citing TASS.
"We are not inclined to agree with that. On the contrary, the election results indicate that all the deliberations of political analysts about ‘protest voting’ have proved to be untrue," he said when asked whether the Kremlin saw any links between the fact that members of the ruling United Russia party have lost a number of seats in the Moscow City Duma after the September 8 elections and this summer’s street protests in Moscow.
Andrei Turchak, secretary of United Russia’s General Council, said earlier that the party’s faction was winning the majority in the Moscow City Duma and hoped to have 25 out of 45 seats. However, secretary of United Russia’s Moscow city branch Andrei Metelsky has ceded his Duma seat to Sergey Sevostyanov of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF).
Elections to the Moscow City Duma were held on the single voting day on September 8 in 45 one-seat constituencies. A total of 225 candidates were registered. Fifty-eight of them were self-nominees. The rest represented the CPRF, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR), A Just Russia party, Civilian Power, Yabloko, Communists of Russia, Rodina (Motherland), the Greens and the Party of Growth.