United Russia ">[ɪˈdʲinəjə rɐˈsʲijə]) is as of 2016 the ruling political party of the Russian Federation. United Russia is the largest party in Russia; as of 2016 it holds 343 of the 450 seats in the State Duma.
|English name||United Russia|
|Chairman||Dmitry Medvedev (since 2012)|
|President of Russia||Vladimir Putin|
|Prime Minister||Dmitry Medvedev|
|Parliamentary Leader||Vladimir Vasilyev|
|Founders||Sergey Shoygu |
|Founded||1 December 2001|
|Merger of||Fatherland – All Russia |
Our Home – Russia
|Headquarters||129110, Banny pereulok, Moscow|
|Youth wing||Young Guard of United Russia|
|Ideology||Social conservatism |
|Political position||Big tent |
|National affiliation||All-Russia People's Front|
|Colours||White, Blue, Red (Russian national colors)|
|Seats in the Federation Council|| |
141 / 170
|Seats in the State Duma|| |
342 / 450
76 / 85
|Seats in the Regional Parliaments|| |
2,840 / 3,787
United Russia (Russian: Еди́ная Росси́я, Yedinaya Rossiya; [(j)ɪˈdʲinəjə rɐˈsʲijə]) is as of 2016 the ruling political party of the Russian Federation. United Russia is the largest party in Russia; as of 2016 it holds 343 (or 76.22%) of the 450 seats in the State Duma.
The United Russia Party formed in December 2001 through a merger of the Unity Party and the Fatherland – All Russia Party. As of 2016 the United Russia Party supports the policies of the presidential administration. The Party's association with President and former Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (a former leader of the Party) has been the key to its success. There is also evidence that the electorate credits the Party for improvements to the economy.
Although the United Russia Party's popularity declined from its peak of 64.4% in the 2007 Duma elections to 49.32% in the 2011 elections, it remained the most popular party in the country, ahead of the second-placed Communist Party at 19.19%. In the 2016 elections it received 54.2%, while the second-place Communist Party received 13.3%.
The Party has no coherent ideology; however, it embraces specific politicians and officials with a variety of political views who support the administration. The Party appeals mainly to non-ideological voters; therefore, United Russia is often classified as a "catch-all party" or as a "party of power".
In 2009 the United Russia Party proclaimed "Russian Conservatism" as its official ideology.