United Russia is the largest political party in Russia. It was formed in 2001 as a union of Fatherland - All Russia and Unity Party of Russia. Its current leader is Dmitry Medvedev. The headquarters of the United Russia is situated in Moscow. Ideologically the party is centrist.
The strategic goal of the party is "to raise people’s living standards to European standards." According to the statement adopted at the founding congress on December 1, 2001, the priorities of the party are administrative reform, transparent state policy, development of local self-administration, improvement of the nation's defence, judicial reform etc.
The creation of this party largely isolated the communists and liberals at the extremes. In the 2003 Russian legislative election, the party won nearly half of the seats in the Duma. In the Russian Presidential Election in 2004, the party supported Vladimir Putin and in the Russian Presidential Election in 2008, the party supported Dmitry Medvedev. But in 2012 it supported Putin again, who was reelected.
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