Putin's party receives significant losses in Moscow Capital Council elections

President Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia party suffered heavy losses in Moscow city council elections, losing more than a third of its seats.

According to provisional results of the Moscow City Council elections after almost all votes were counted, power-backed candidates lost at least 20 of the 45 districts of the capital, where loyalists held 38 seats in the capital's parliament.

Communist candidates are the biggest winners in this election, winning 13 seats to five before, while the liberal party "Yabloko" will take three seats with the victory of an independent candidate supported.

Fair Russia, a Kremlin-backed opposition, entered the Moscow parliament with three deputies.

Nine former deputies from the ruling United Russia party have not been re-elected, including the head of Moscow's party branch, Andrei Mitelsky, who was first elected in 2001, the Interfax news agency reported.

Turnout was 21.77 percent, a slight increase from the previous local elections in 2014.



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