A year after a resounding electoral success, Russian president Vladimir Putin has plummeted in opinion polls. DW reporter Miodrag Soric spoke to people in Putin's birthplace St. Petersburg.
A self-styled "warrior-shaman" was detained by Russian police while walking across the country to Moscow, where he intended to "banish" Vladimir Putin. Authorities said they would fly him back to his home region.
Parties tied to the ruling United Russia have retained their majority in Moscow despite flagging support. Protests and the exclusion of opposition candidates put the poll under intense scrutiny.
The Kremlin uses World War II as a way of embedding in the Russian mind the idea that everything the authorities of "Fortress Russia" did, do or will do in the future is good by definition, writes DW's Konstantin Eggert.
Municipal and regional polls have taken place across the country. Attention was focused on Moscow's parliamentary vote following a crackdown on independent candidates and some of their supporters.
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