Not everyone outside Russia knows that Parliamenary Elections to the Duma have taken place this weekend.
What is interesting is that this "election" demonstrates perfectly the difference between "Totalitarian Power" and what in the West is termed as "Democracy" !
There are 450 Seats in the lower house DUMA Federal Assembly of Russia. The Party with the most "elected" MPs is United Russia, chaired by Dmitry Medvedev, the former President but now the Prime Minister.
To ensure the continuation of Totalitarian Power in Russia, the United Russia party has the right to nominate 225 candidates to stand alone in 225 constituencies !