President Vladimir Putin's party has won more than 60% of the vote in Russia's parliamentary election, according to early official results.
The scale of this majority would give Mr Putin authority to retain political power.
He's indicated he may take on a new role as Prime Minister when his presidential term ends next year.
According to an exit poll, the Communists trailing far behind with 11.5%.
A total of eleven parties are competing for places in the lower house of Parliament, the Duma.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? email@example.com