More Proportionality, But Later

The State Duma has approved a law reducing the minimum percentage of voters a political party needs to set foot in the Parliament from 7% to 5%.

Russia employs a party-list proportional system of voting with a threshold. A party must receive at least 5% of votes to get any seats in the Parliament. Those parties that obtain more than 5% but less than 7% can only be guven two seats. Their MPs are not included in the parliamentary factions.

The new law will not apply to the elections taking place in December.