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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Who Said What After the Duma Results




The following are quotes from political leaders commenting on the early results of their blocs.


Sergei Shoigu, leader of the pro-government Unity, said his party's lead had been secured by "people of deeds," Itar-Tass reported.


"We have never given empty promises," Shoigu said. "What we have already achieved is thanks to simple people, our friends and our finely tuned team."


Gennady Zyuganov, whose Communist Party was neck-and-neck with Unity, said: "Everything is going according to plan. We will soon be in first place. Don't doubt it."


Sergei Kiriyenko, whose Union of Right Forces put in a surprisingly high showing, said: "This is a monumental victory of liberal ideas. A new generation is coming to politics."


Yury Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow and one of the leaders of the Fatherland-All Russia bloc, complained about the media war launched by the Kremlin against his organization.


"It was not a dirty but a super-dirty election. The authorities destroyed those who were chosen to be their foes," Luzhkov said. "By their unprecedentedly dirty campaign, the authorities again got the result they wanted."


Vladimir Zhirinovsky, whose bloc squeaked back into the Duma, said he would celebrate not with a toast but by hacking into Western computers.


"No. No way. We Russians don't drink any more. We now work on computers. We use computers to send viruses to the West, and then we poach your money.


"We have the best hackers in the world. We do not need to drink or smoke. ... We do not drink, smoke or use drugs, and we don't have AIDS. That's what you have in the West."


Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the opposition liberal Yabloko party, which was doing worse than expected, said his reservations over the popular military campaign in Chechnya had affected his party's results.


"There have been periods of military hysteria in Russia during the election campaign," Interfax quoted Yavlinsky as saying. "It is clear that civic parties have big difficulties in campaigning under such conditions."


He also said the success of the pro-Kremlin Unity showed that "Russia is still very much a Soviet state."


And Boris Berezovsky, a leading businessman with strong Kremlin connections, who has said he played a role shaping several Russian governments, had this to say:


"We woke up in a new country today," Itar-Tass quoted him as saying. "We made two steps forward, while I expected only one.


"The outgoing Duma was opposition-dominated and unconstructive," Berezovsky said. "I thought the next Duma would be in constructive opposition, but it turns out it will be constructive and non-opposition."