Russian elections on international press

Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday. According to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted, the ruling United Russia party won 51 percent of the vote in Sunday’s election – up two percent on 2011’s parliamentary election. (Deutsche Welle)

Mr Putin said the party had “achieved a very good result.” The nationalist LDPR and the Communist party are way behind United Russia, with about 14-16% each. (BBC)

“For United Russia, what is important is the result,” Mr. Putin said at the party’s Moscow headquarters late Sunday. (Wall Street Journal)

The prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, called on voters to back United Russia on Friday, saying the country was “under pressure from outside forces” and needed to come together. (The Guardian)