The Kremlin specially rigged votes for opposition parties in some districts of the Russian Federation to create a democracy visibility. This opinion was expressed by Russian politician Ilya Ponomarev, the State Duma deputy of the 6th convocation, at a press conference in Kyiv, a QHA journalist reports.

“In the 7th elections, the "United Russia" deliberately did not nominate candidates from the districts. In 18 constituencies, the candidates from the "Liberal Democratic Party", "Yabloko" and the "Communist Party of the Russian Federation" (KPRF) have won. This was done to show the democracy. In some regions, for example, in Ulyanovsk constituency the "United Russia" has lost 300 votes in favor of the KPRF,” he said.

The politician also noted that the Putin's party did so not in all regions. For example, in the North Caucasus republics, the real voter turnout was 5-15%, but 85-90% was officially registered.

According to him, the pro-Putin party won a third of the votes in the occupied Crimea and the Russian national republics such as Dagestan, Ingushetia, Tatarstan.

The elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation were held on September 18.

Earlier, the European Union stated that it would not recognize the election results on the Crimean peninsula, as well as the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation in 2014. A number of countries, including the United States, Canada, France, and Sweden refused to recognize their validity on the territory of the annexed Crimea.

Polish Foreign Ministry has called into question the legitimacy of the parliamentary elections to the State Duma of Russia as a whole.

On September 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a Resolution on non-recognition of the legitimacy of the elections to the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the 7th convocation, as well as their results and the legal consequences, and accordingly, the State Duma’s composition, powers, acts and decisions. A total of 264 Ukrainian MPs voted for this Resolution.