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Vladimir Putin's United Russia party is expected to secure an emphatic win as polls close in the country's parliamentary election.
Preliminary results from the Central Election Committee, based on just 9% of votes counted, showed that United Russia won 38.57% of the vote.
Initial results also showed the Communist Party finishing in second place with 25.17% of the vote, followed by the nationalist LDPR party with 9.6%.
Allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had urged Russians to follow his tactical voting strategy, which amounts
to supporting the candidate most likely to defeat United Russia in a given electoral district.
The vote was marred by numerous reports of violations, including ballot-stuffing, inadequate security and pressure on election monitors.