Russia goes to the polls on Friday to elect a new parliament in a three-day vote that the ruling United Russia party is expected to win despite a ratings slump after the biggest crackdown on the Kremlin's critics in years, APA reports quoting Reuters.
At stake is United Russia's super majority in the 450-seat State Duma.
The vote runs until late Sunday and is seen as a dry-run for the presidential election in 2024.
The Communist party led by 77-year-old parliament veteran Gennady Zyuganov is seen as the ruling party's strongest rival at the vote, followed by the LDPR party headed by 75-year-old nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Both those parties, like the Just Russia party, back Putin on many key policy matters.