Russian presidential election, 18 March 2018

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Reports and overview on the Presidential election held in Russia on 18 March 2018.

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If in the first round no candidate attains an absolute majority of the votes, then a second round would take place exactly three weeks later, on 8 April 2018. That was seen as unlikely, though: in six presidential elections, a second round had by then only been needed once — in 1996, when incumbent Boris Yeltsin defeated Gennady Zyuganov in a run-off vote.

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. According to Article 81 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, a candidate for president must be at least 35 years old and has to have permanently resided in Russia for the past 10 years, and cannot serve more than two terms consecutively.

On 6 December 2017, incumbent President Vladimir Putin announced that he would seek reelection for a second consecutive term and fourth term overall. Seven other names featured beside Mr Putin's on ballot papers. Analysts highlighted Pavel Grudinin, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Ksenia Sobchak as the most prominent ones.

Mr Putin’s most outspoken critic Alexei Navalny declared his candidacy in December 2016, but his run was cut short when Russia officially barred the activist from contesting the election, citing an embezzlement charge.

Related Links
Commentary and Analysis
BBC News, 15.03.18: Does Putin's Russia reject the West?
Wikipedia: Russian presidential election, 2018,_2018
TIME, 13.03.18: Your Complete Guide to Russia's 2018 Presidential Election
Deutsche Welle, 11.03.18: What you need to know about the Russian presidential election
EurActiv, 12.03.18: Vladimir Putin: Uncontested ruler of his kingdom
Chatham House, March 2018: Five Things to Know about the Russian Elections

Reuters, 15.03.18: Putin rides 'Russia First' wave towards election victory
RT: Trends: Russian presidential election 2018

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