Bad News for Putin
Exit polls for Duma elections show a loss of seats for Putin’s United Russia.
Via the BBC: Putin’s United Russia party suffers exit poll blow
Exit polls in Russia’s parliamentary elections point to a sharp drop in support for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
Polls for Russian state TV and the state-backed polling organisation showed United Russia got about 48.5% of the vote, down from 64% in 2007.
That would give Mr Putin’s party 220 members in the 450-seat lower house.
While Putin’s party remains in the driver’s seat, this is an intriguing development,