Russia’s Ruling Party Leading in Elections as Putin Looks to Tighten Grip

MOSCOW—Russia’s ruling party appeared on course to preserve its the vast majority in parliament, early results confirmed, in an final result that would cement President Vladimir Putin’s command about his country’s primary levers of energy.

The preliminary tally confirmed pro-Kremlin United Russia gained 45% of votes solid, followed by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation with 22% and the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia with about 8%, according to early results from Russia’s electoral fee centered on thirty% of the ballots counted.