Written by Staff Writer
18 Mar, 2018 | 3:14 pm
Making 109 million voters eligible for voting the Presidential Election of Russia began today (18th March).
2018 presidential election is expected to concrete President Vladimir Putin’s power for another term of six years. The Russians would cast ballots today (18th March) in Russia across the 11 time zones, known to be the biggest country in the world.
In this election, Putin is seeking for his fourth presidential term and seems to be the front-runner for the presidency as his main opponent Alexei Navalny has already been barred from running for this election. Navalny has requested to boycott the election since he was not allowed to compete, however, most of the Russians seem to be in favour of Vladimir Putin.
According to the sources, 2018 election is similar to Putin-dominated 2012 election and most likely he will come to executive powers until the year 2024 which would make him the longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin.
Recently Kremlin went through a series of International crisis including heated Russia-UK relations over the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy, his daughter and a police officer on British soil. In addition to that, USA lately imposed sanctions on Russia for meddling with their presidential election, however, the Moscow authorities keep denying such allegations.
These incidents have not impacted Putin’s popularity at home.The media and the predicted polls report that he will be elected for a fourth term easily.
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