The 2004 election was a great shock to the ruling democratic party, who lost 56 seats and their majority in the Duma. Prime Minister Boris Gryzlov was voted out in a vote of no confidence by the Democratic party and replaced by former pm, Valentina Matviyenko. She was able to head a minority government with independent support.

Party Votes % Seats Before Seats After
Democratic 453 397
Democratic Socialist 152 171
National 59 70
Communist 55 42
Centre 21 44
Independents 41 25
Liberal 21 51

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