Note: At the December 2, 2007, national legislative election, President Vladimir Putin’s favored party, United Russia, won 64.3 percent of the vote and 315 of the State Duma’s 450 seats. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) finished second with 11.6 percent of the vote and 57 seats. The only other parties to amass at least 7 percent of the total vote, the threshold for seats, were the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR; 8.1 percent, 40 seats) and the Fair Russia (7.7 percent, 38 seats). Voter turnout was about 63 percent. Shortly after the election President Putin gave his support for the March 2008 presidential election to First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, who in turn indicated that, if elected, he ...