A parliamentary and local parliamentary inquiry into the world’s largest 11-nation constituency began on Friday.
Russians in the Far East have begun voting in a three-day parliamentary election as many Kremlin protesters have been barred from running in protest.
A parliamentary and local parliamentary inquiry into the 11-nation bloc began on Friday, and with Muscovites ready to go to bed, residents of Far Eastern Chukotka and Kamchatka were preparing to vote.
“Let’s go!” Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Election Commission, said on television.
Voters will be able to vote until Sunday.
The poll, which took place a few weeks ago, has launched a non-partisan campaign but months of uncooperative officials shutting down protesters is unlikely to change politics.
There is no hope that United Russia, the party led by President Vladimir Putin, will relinquish power to Duma, the elected parliament.
Putin urged Russians to vote, saying in a video on Thursday that “new elections are undoubtedly the most important thing in our lives and our country”.
With 14 parties vying for half of Duma’s 450 seats nominated by the party list, the elections have a competitive edge.
But the three groups, with the exception of United Russia, which is expected to end the 5% support required to hold office, often do not oppose the Kremlin.