What Happened: Russia's ruling United Russia party is likely to win 25 of 45 seats on Moscow's city council following local elections on Sept. 8, Reuters reported Aug. 9. Although the party managed to win all 16 contested gubernatorial elections across the country, its seat share in Moscow's city council is down from 38 in 2014, which included the backing of 10 independent candidates.
Why It Matters: Although the local election results indicate strong popular support for the United Russia party, the Moscow city council vote indicates that the party's support has dropped after weeks of anti-government protests in Russia's capital.
Background: Protesters gathered over several weekends in Moscow to demonstrate against local authorities' decision to bar opposition candidates from running in regional elections.
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