"MOSCOW — A poll released Friday predicts that Vladimir Putin's party will receive 53 percent of the vote in Russia's parliamentary election, now a little over a week away.
While still a majority, this would be a significant drop for United Russia and deprive it of the two-thirds majority that has allowed it to amend the constitution without seeking the support of the three other parties in parliament...
"Our votes mean absolutely nothing, everything has already been decided," he said. "Putin will be president and United Russia will win the election."
Putin, now prime minister after eight years as president, plans to run for a third term in March, an election he is considered certain to win." Link