13 Facts About United Russia


United Russia's predecessor was the Unity bloc, which was created three months before the December 1999 Duma elections to counter the advance of the Fatherland – All Russia party led by Yuri Luzhkov.

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United Russia characterised itself as wholly supportive of Putin's agenda, which proved a recipe for success and resulted in the party gaining a victory in the 2003 Duma elections, receiving more than a third of the popular vote.

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Election program of United Russia was announced during speeches of Medvedev and Putin.

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United Russia decided not use portraits of Medvedev and Putin during the fall election campaign.

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United Russia currently holds 340 of the 450 seats in the State Duma.

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United Russia voted against the Council of Europe resolution 1481 .

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In cultural and social affairs, United Russia has collaborated closely with the Russian Orthodox Church.

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The vast majority of officeholders in United Russia are members of the party, hence it is sometimes described as a "public official party" or "administration party".

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United Russia has signed cooperation agreements with the right-wing populist Freedom Party of Austria, the Cambodian People's Party, the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party, and the italian League for Salvini Premier.

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Until 2014, United Russia was in the European Democrat Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe alongside the British Conservative Party, Polish Law and Justice and Turkish Justice and Development Party.

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United Russia introduced a local chapter system that mimicked the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party's organization as a strong foundation for the one-party dominant system in the early 2000s.

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United Russia eagerly interviewed the LDP mission and studied their party structure.

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United Russia has come in for criticism that it is "the party of crooks and thieves" due to the continuing prevalence of corruption in Russia.

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