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Political parties in Russia spend USD 78.09 mln on elections

This expenditure is more than 10 times than in 2010,says Central Election Commission Deputy Chairman

Written by Agencies | Moscow | Published: June 14, 2012 2:44:46 pm

Russia’s political parties spent 2,410,900,000 Russian rubles or USD 78.09 million on elections in 2011,Central Election Commission Deputy Chairman Stanislav Vavilov has said.

“This is more than 10 times than in 2010,” he said.

The bulk of expenditures occurred during the Duma and presidential elections.

“At the same time,39 regional and local elections were held last year,” Vavilov added.

Speaking about the results of the examination of consolidated financial reports filed by the parties for last year,he said,“On the whole,no violations of federal

legislation in this field were detected.”

“According to the reports submitted to the Central Election Commission,several officially registered parties received 8,428,494,000 roubles (USD 259 million) into their accounts in 2011.

The United Russia party had the biggest fund of more than USD 129.07 million.

The Communist Party received nearly USD 33.8 million;

Just Russia USD 29.8 million,the Liberal Democratic Party USD 22.68 million.

Of non-parliamentary parties Right Cause had USD 30.5 million; Yabloko USD 13.4 million ,and Patriots of Russia USD 2.4 billion.

Four parliamentary parties get funding from the federal budget proportionately to the votes cast for them in the elections.

Last year,United Russia received USD 27.47 million from the budget,the Communist Party nearly USD 4.94 million,the Liberal Democratic Party USD 3.47 million,and Just Russia about USD 3.31 million.

As for expenditures,United Russia spent USD 116.7 million,the Communist Party USD 23.84 million,the Liberal Democratic Party USD 20.25 million,and Just Russia USD 28.64 million.

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