Voting has begun in Russia’s nationwide election day for positions in the federal parliament and dozens of municipal and regional bodies. Spanning 11 time zones, the voting will take about 22 hours with each polling station open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time.
This year, 14 political parties are taking part in State Duma elections with some 111.6 million eligible to vote. Voters will choose 450 MPs in the State Duma (lower house), for the next five years.
According to the Russian Central Election Committee (CEC), up to 1,500 journalists, representing 154 media outlets, including 85 foreign, were accredited to work during the Russian parliamentary election.