In this year’s vote, almost 1200 of the 52,200 candidates nonetheless have been convicted of a crime. Among United Russia, the share of such people was 1.5 percent; among KPRF and Yabloko party candidates, three percent; and among those running on their own without party sponsorship, “about 4.6 percent.”
A fifth of those with convictions were found guilty of theft. Others have convictions for beatings and the infliction of harm on others and hooliganism. Most reported their convictions but said they had either completed their sentences or that the verdicts had been overturned. Some had multiple convictions, including one LDPR candidate who reported nine.