By putting Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on the list, Putin wants to influence the better result of the party whose support is declining.
Both Lavrov and Shoigu are extremely popular in Russia because of their firm stance on military issues and their relationship with the West.
Although they will be candidates in the elections on September 19, they will not have to be MPs if they are elected.
The absence from the list of former president and prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, who is the president of United Russia, is noticeable.
In January 2020, Medvedev resigned as prime minister and moved to a less visible position as deputy head of the National Security Council.
Although United Russia continues to dominate Russian politics, and is Putin’s mainstay, voters’ support for the party is declining.
According to an April survey by the Levada Center, only 42 percent of voters would vote for United Russia, significantly less than it had received before.