Results from about 90% of the country’s polling stations gave the ruling United Russia party 49.65% of the vote for the 225 seats apportioned by party lists, according to Central Election Commission.
For the liberal opposition, the vote was a test of whether celebrity candidate Ksenia Sobchak had enough support to head a new party.
Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, won more than 75 percent of the vote according to preliminary results, but the opposition cried foul.
Since taking power 18 years ago, Putin has stamped his total authority on the country, silencing opposition and reasserting Moscow's lost might abroad.
Some in the West calls Navalny the “best hope” for Russia’s liberalisation. However, Navalny is no saint. What drives him, it appears, is his desire for power.