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Russian presidential election, 2018
11 March 2018
Turnout 72.6%
Alexei Navalny Sergei Ivanov Vladimir Zhrinovski
Nominee Alexei Navalny Sergei Ivanov Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Party Party of Progress United Russia LDPR
Home state Moscow Saint Petersburg Moscow
Percentage 50.7% 38.2% 5.3%
Anatoly Lokot Sergei Mironov 2 Yavlinsky
Nominee Anatoly Lokot Sergei Mironov Grigory Yavlinsky
Party Communist Party A Just Russia Yabloko
Home state Novosibirsk Oblast Leningrad Oblast Saint Petersburg
Percentage 3.8% 1.8% 1.6%
President before election
Vladimir Putin
United Russia
Alexei Navalny
Progress Party

The 7th presidential election in Russia was held on Sunday, 11 March 2018. Most of the major parties selected new candidates to run for the presidency, and three parties that did not participate in the previous election in 2012—the centrist Progress Party, the socialist A Just Russia party, and the liberal democratic Yabloko party—were able to take part. Notably, incumbent President Vladimir Putin chose not to run despite being eligible for another term, and the ruling United Russia party instead put forward Sergei Ivanov, the former chief of the presidential administration.

The President of the Russian Federation is elected by a popular vote. Opposition figure and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navanly, running for the Progress Party, won the election with 50.7% of the vote, although polls put Ivanov with a slight lead over him. The 2018 election was the first time since 1999 that a candidate not affiliated with United Russia was president, the results were greeted with surprise in Russia and throughout the world.

Background Edit

Political parties represented in the State Duma and/or the legislative bodies of at least one-third of the federal subjects of Russia can nominate a candidate without collecting signatures. The following parties were able to nominate candidates without collecting signatures: United Russia, Communist Party, Liberal Democratic Party, A Just Russia, Rodina and Civic Platform. Candidates from other political parties and independent candidates for registration must submit to the Central Election Commission at least 100,000 or 300,000 signatures in their support, respectively. Each federal subject should have no more than 2,500 or 7,500 signatures, respectively. The law allows a candidate exceed the signature limit by 5% by collecting up to 105,000 or 315,000 signatures, respectively. The Central Election Commission needs to verify at least 20% of signatures. If the number of invalid signatures exceeds 5%, another 10% of signatures need to be verified. If a candidate has submitted fewer signatures, a smaller margin of invalid signatures is sufficient to refuse registration.

Results Edit

Candidates Edit

Free access Edit

United Russia Edit

United Russia
Sergei Ivanov
Sergei Ivanov
Former chief of the Presidential Administration
Flag of Saint Petersburg Saint Petersburg

Liberal Democratic Party Edit

Liberal Democratic Party
Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Vladimir Zhrinovski
Deputy of the State Duma
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Communist Party Edit

Communist Party
Anatoly Lokot
Anatoly Lokot
Former Mayor of Novosibirsk
Flag of Novosibirsk oblast Novosibirsk Oblast

A Just Russia Edit

A Just Russia
Sergei Mironov
Sergei Mironov 2
Deputy of the State Duma
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Contested access Edit

Progress Party Edit

Progress Party
Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny
Anti-corruption activist and lawyer
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Yabloko Edit

Grigory Yavlinsky
Deputy of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg
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Other parties and independents Edit

People's Freedom Party
People's Freedom Party
Mikhail Kasyanov
Kasyanov 2015
Former Prime Minister of Russia
Flag of Moscow Moscow
Anatoly Batashev
Anatoly Batashev
Environmental activist
Moscow Oblast

Opinion polling Edit

Poll source Fieldwork date Sample
Sergei Ivanov Vladimir Zhrinovski Anatoly Lokot Sergei Mironov 2 Alexei Navalny Yavlinsky Kasyanov 2015 Anatoly Batashev
Levada 4 March 2017 953 32% 12% 6% 5% 34% 3% 2% 1% 5%
VTSIOM 29 February 2017 1052 28% 9% 8% 3% 35% 8% 5% 1% 3%

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