Russia’s ruling pro-Putin party on course to win election, exit poll indicates

Russia’s ruling United Russia party was on course to secure a comfortable victory in a three-day parliamentary election despite losing some ground to its opponents, early results and an exit poll showed on Sunday.With nearly 13 per cent of ballots counted, the Central Election Commission said United Russia had won just over 40 per cent of the vote.Separately, an exit poll conducted by INSOMAR and published by Russia’s RIA news agency predicted United Russia would win a little over 45 per cent…