Russian presidential election results Vladimir Putin, 2018. Presidential elections were held presidential election 2017 Russia on 18 March 2018.
The incumbent Vladimir Putin was eligible to run. He declared his intent to do so on 6 December 2017, being widely expected to win. The President of Russia is directly elected for a term of six years, since being extended from four years in 2008 during Dmitry Medvedev’s administration. On 3 March 2017, senators Andrey Klishas and Anatoly Shirokov submitted to the State Duma draft amendments to the electoral legislation. One of the amendments involves the transfer of elections from the second to the third Sunday in March, i.
According to article 5, paragraph 7 of Russian Federal law No. A total of 97,000 polling stations were open across the country from 08:00 until 20:00 local time. Political parties represented in the State Duma or the legislative bodies of not less than one-third of the federal subjects could nominate a candidate without collecting signatures. On 1 July 2017, Chairman of Rodina Aleksey Zhuravlyov announced that his party would only support incumbent president Vladimir Putin in the election. Individuals belonging to a party without any seats in the State Duma had to collect 105,000 signatures to become candidates, while those running as independents had to collect 315,000 and also to form a group of activists made up of at least 500 people. In July 2017, Party of Growth announced that it would hold primaries to nominate a presidential candidate. On 10 August 2017, the party’s press secretary told the media that the results of the primaries will be taken into account at the party congress which will be held to decide the candidate for Party of Growth.
However, the winner of the primaries would not guarantee themselves the right to run on behalf of the party. On 26 November, it was announced that the party would nominate Boris Titov, who was not involved in the primaries. According to a person from the party leadership, none of the proposed candidates were able to obtain sufficient support. On 2 November 2017, the Left Front headed by Sergei Udaltsov started online primaries for the nomination of a single left-wing candidate.
At the end of December 2017, Grudinin was officially nominated as the candidate from the Communist Party. The bloc Third Force held primaries among candidates from ten non-parliamentary parties to nominate presidential candidates. According to the organizers, the primaries would determine four presidential candidates representing different views. The official presentation of the candidates was held on 30 October 2017. However, the block failed to identify a clear winner, then all candidates, except for Olga Onishchenko has declared that they would participate in the elections. Later, however, all of the candidates refused to participate. These candidates were officially registered by the CEC.
On 22 December 2017, the Russian All-People’s Union nominated Sergey Baburin as its presidential candidate. On 24 December, Baburin filed registration documents with the CEC. In June 2015 Vladimir Zhirinovsky said he plans to participate in presidential elections, but in July of the same year, the politician said that the Liberal Democratic Party, perhaps “will pick a more efficient person. On 6 December 2017 Vladimir Putin announced that he will run for a second consecutive term. Putin announced that he would run as an independent at his annual press conference on 14 December.
Putin’s action group officially put forward his nomination in Moscow on 26 December. TV anchor, opposition activist and journalist Ksenia Sobchak announced that she would run for president in October 2017. Sobchak is the first female candidate in 14 years and the youngest candidate to run since 2004. The Central Committee of the Communists of Russia party announced the nomination of its chairman Maxim Suraykin as its candidate for the election in February 2017. Suraykin stated that he aims to at least come in second place, and defeat Zyuganov’s larger Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
The leader of the Party of Growth, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov declared that he would participate in the presidential election on 26 November 2017. Suggestions that Yavlinsky would run for president in 2018 were first made in 2013, and he was announced as the candidate from the Yabloko party at a convention in February 2016, having been previously the party’s candidate for the presidency in 1996 and 2000. Sergey Baburin was nominated at the party congress on 22 December 2017. Russian All-People’s Union started to collect signatures in support of Baburin on 9 January 2018. Signatures were collected in 56 federal subjects. On 30 January 2018, Sergey Baburin handed over the signatures to the CEC. At the end of November 2017, Pavel Grudinin won the primaries of Left Front, a coalition of left-wing parties with no representation in the State Duma.
Grudinin, supported by the Communists, or Yury Boldyrev, supported by the NPFR. Boldyrev also participated in the primaries of the Left Front, where he lost in the second round to Grudinin. According to Deputy Alexander Yushchenko, Gennady Zyuganov was still among the candidates for the nomination. Russian opposition figure and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny started his presidential campaign on 13 December 2016. On his website, Navalny listed the main principles of his presidential program: combating government corruption, improving infrastructure and living standards in Russia, decentralizing power from Moscow, developing the economy instead of remaining in isolation from the West, and reforming the judicial system.