MOSCOW

Hundreds of protesters on Saturday gathered at a central square in Moscow to join a rally organized by the Russian Communist Party opposing the results of the State Duma elections held on Sept. 17-19.

The demonstrators demanded the elections be canceled citing alleged electoral fraud.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, who came second in the election race, did not attend the demonstration.

Other Russian cities, such as Ufa, Yekaterinburg, and Ulan Ude, have also seen protests organized by Russian Communists.

Russia’s ruling party United Russia, which supports President Vladimir Putin, secured 324 seats in the last week’s parliamentary elections, the country’s election commission confirmed on Friday.

The “elections fairly reflect the outcome of the vote,” Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Electoral Commission, said, adding the turnout was 51.74% with over 56.4 million people casting their votes.

Pamfilova said a total of eight political parties along with five independent deputies entered the parliament; United Russia secured 324 of the total 450 seats, Communist Party 57, A Just Russia 27, Liberal Democrat Party 21, and New People got 13 seats.

The ruling party had won 343 seats in the 2016 elections.

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