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Press sees tainted Putin triumph
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Russian newspapers regard the outcome of Sunday's parliamentary election as a personal victory for President Vladimir Putin, as much as for his party United Russia.

But while some columnists voice satisfaction that Russia has moved on from the turmoil of the 1990s, others highlight claims that the vote was marred by widespread irregularities.

FRONT-PAGE HEADLINE IN ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA

Here's to our victory! Russians went to the polls and supported Vladimir Putin.

SERGEI ZLOV IN MOSKOVSKY KOMSOMOLETS

United Russia is in fact becoming the single master of the whole legislative sphere since, even if they unite, the other three parties will not be able to oppose it. And taking into account the way the LDPR and A Fair Russia are obviously drawn to the party of power, it is to be expected that on most of the issues that will be discussed by the State Duma... the Communists will have nothing better to do but be in a proud minority.

NATALYA MELIKOVA IN NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

Putin had every right to be jubilant: over the past few weeks he has done far more for United Russia than it deserved.

VLADIMIR VORSOBIN IN KOMSOMOLSKAYA PRAVDA

Over the past four years, the Russian voter has changed. He has become calmer, more relaxed even... The voter of 2007 is a confirmed conservative who sceptically observes the political battles going on above his head and who secretly wants politicians to leave him alone... Russia is still recovering from the exhausting 1990s... And no-one knows how long it will take.

HEADLINE IN VEDOMOSTI

The right wing is not there now, nor will it be.

VITALY IVANOV IN IZVESTIA

What we saw yesterday was a referendum not just on trust in Putin, but on our attitude towards the 1990s... Vladimir Putin's authority and popularity are based in large part on the fact that his presidency has seen a gradual but steady 'overcoming' of the 1990s. And gratitude for that was one of the motives that explains why voters cast their ballots for Putin and United Russia.

ILYA KRIGER IN NOVAYA GAZETA

Violations of the law are usual at elections, but in terms of their number, this election campaign has exceeded all the others in which I have been involved. The balance of parties that have made it into the Duma must be in line with the plans of United Russia's leaders. There will now be only one opposition party in parliament - the Communists - but since they are yesterday's party, it will be easier for the authorities to debate with it.

GAZETA

The election passed off to the accompaniment of whispers urging people to vote for the most proper party. But apart from traditional administrative methods, the peculiarity of this current election was the unprecedented scale of the use of absentee ballots... Large-scale falsifications involving absentee ballots, if these indeed happen, cannot in principle affect the outcome of an election. However, they seriously undermine its legitimacy.

LEONID RADZIKHOVSKY IN ROSSIYSKAYA GAZETA

An important virtue of the State Duma election campaign is the fact that it has finished. Moreover, it finished successfully. Successfully at least in the sense that it was entirely peaceful... However, in any case, this campaign is only half of the issue. Its whole purpose, of course, is bound up in the second stage, which immediately follows the first and proceeds directly from the first - the presidential campaign.

ALEXANDER TRIFONOV IN KOMMERSANT

The outcome of the parliamentary election has confirmed that the issue of power, i.e. of the presidential election, will be decided inside the incumbent leadership of the country and the opposition on the whole can only be expected to play the role of a statistical error.

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