Russia toward two-party system?

Only two parties, pro-Kremlin United Russia and the Communist Party, will exceed the 7% barrier in the upcoming elections to Russia’s State Duma, according to the latest Levada Center poll.

Of those who have made up their minds, 68% said they would vote for United Russia. The party’s list will be headed by President Vladimir Putin alone. United Russia’s rating has risen by 13% over a month.

Gennady Zyuganov’s Communist Party got 15% of votes in the poll, which is down from 18% a month earlier. Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s LDPR dropped from 11% to 6% and Sergey Mironov’s Just Russia from 7% to 5%.

Other opposition parties, including Yabloko, SPS, Russian Patriots, Democratic Party of Russia, Party of Peace and Unity, and Party of Social Justice would get 1% of votes. All other parties would get less than 1% of votes, according to the poll.

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