Russian presidential election, 2018

Russian presidential election, 2018
11 March 2018

Opinion polls
Nominee TBD TBD
Party United Russia Communist Party

Nominee Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Party LDPR A Just Russia

President before election

Vladimir Putin
United Russia

Elected President


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The next presidential elections in Russia will take place in March 2018.

The first round will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2018. If in the first round no candidate attains absolute majority of the votes (more than half), then according to the law, a second round will have to go through exactly three weeks later, April 1, 2018.[1]

Current President of Russia Vladimir Putin is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for the post of the head of state again.


Possible date change

In an article for Vedomosti, Yevgeny Gontmakher suggested that the rearrangement of the 2016 parliamentary elections from December to September indicated the intention of the authorities to transfer the presidential elections in the spring of 2016.[2]

Speaking on 19 June 2015 at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the head of the Committee of Civil Initiatives and former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin suggested the feasibility of holding early presidential elections in March 2016,[3] subsequently criticized by members of all parties represented in the State Duma. Kudrin himself ruled out the possibility of his participation in the presidential race.[4] Commenting on this proposal, Sergey Ivanov said that he does not see any reason to reschedule the elections to an earlier date.[5]

The 2016 parliamentary elections once again prompted thoughts of early elections. Gennady Zyuganov, a potential presidential candidate, said he was confident that the elections would be held in 2017.[6]

According to Russian law, early elections can be held only if the President leaves office before the end of his term (in case of death, impeachment or voluntary resignation). However, in this case, the incumbent President Vladimir Putin will not be able to participate in early elections.[7]

Declared candidates

The following candidates have already declared their participation in the 2018 election.

Free access

Political parties represented in the State Duma and/or the legislative bodies of not less than 1/3 of the federal subjects can nominate a candidate without collecting signatures. The following parties will be able to nominate candidates without collecting signatures: United Russia, Communist Party, Liberal Democratic Party, A Just Russia, Rodina and Civic Platform.

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 the "will pick up the person more efficient."[8][9] Already in March 2016, he called the names of those who are likely to be nominated as a candidate from the Liberal Democratic Party. This is Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Igor Lebedev or deputies Mikhail Degtyarev, Yaroslav Nilov and Alexei Didenko.[10] October 28, 2016, on the official website of the liberal democratic party was informed that the party will nominate Vladimir Zhirinovsky as a presidential candidate.[11]

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Liberal Democratic Party
Vladimir Zhirinovsky
Deputy of the State Duma

Contested access

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.

Published in 2015, "Memorandum political alternative to" the party Yabloko Grigory Yavlinsky called the candidate of the party for President.[13] Held in February 2016 party Convention, it was made the official decision to nominate Yavlinsky as a presidential candidate.[14]

Alexey Navalny originally could not participate in the elections, due in 2015, was sentenced to five years, however, in November 2016, Supreme Court of Russia overturned the verdict, due to this, Navalny had the opportunity to participate in the elections.[15][16]

Actor, director and priest, Ivan Okhlobystin in the autumn of 2012, stated that once again going to participate in the presidential elections. However, he stated that he will participate only with the permission of the Church Okhlobystin has already tried to take part in the 2012 election, but then the Church opposed, and he was forced to give up the nomination.[17]

Entrepreneur and former deputy of the State Duma Sergei Mavrodi, in April 2013, said he intends to run for President of Russia.[18]

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Yabloko Independent
Grigory Yavlinsky Sergei Mavrodi Ivan Okhlobystin Alexey Navalny
Deputy of the
Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg
Deputy of the
State Duma
Actor Public figure
[19] [18] [17] [20][21][22][23]

Sergei Polonsky and Dmitry Demushkin also stated that they will run in the election. Dmitry Demushkin will most likely not be able to run, since he is under investigation on charges of extremism.[24] Sergei Polonsky is also under investigation on charges of fraud.[25]

Potential candidates

The following individuals are included in some polls or are referred to in the media as possible candidates, but have not yet announced that they will run.

United Russia

  1. ^ Медведев: конкуренция на выборах-2018 между мной и Путиным невозможна
  2. ^ Матвиенко – будущий президент России?
  3. ^ a b c d Кто, если не мистер Путин?
  4. ^ Вячеслав Володин — новый спикер Госдумы. Главное
  5. ^ a b c Медведев, Рогозин, Шойгу: гонка преемников началась?
  6. ^ a b c Делят шкуру "неубитого Медведева"
  7. ^ Kuyvashev popular on the entire Internet. Political scientist: "This is a potential candidate for president of Russia in 2018"
  8. ^ Next Putin? 'Iron Princess of Crimea' who became manga sex symbol in Japan takes next step to Kremlin
  9. ^ Vladimir Putin is grooming ex-bodyguard and military hero, 43, to become future Russian president, experts claim

Communist Party

A Just Russia

Party of Growth

  1. ^ Кого готовят в спарринг-партнеры для Путина

Independent candidates

  1. ^ Demushkin going to run for president
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference B was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference C was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ Ирина Прохорова задумалась о том, чтобы возглавить Россию
  5. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference E was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ Полонский в суде заявил о намерении стать президентом РФ

Refused to participate in elections

The following candidates previously stated that they intend to run in the election, but then refused to participate.

  1. ^ "Касьянов отказался от участия в президентских выборах в 2018 году". Retrieved 2016-09-19. 
  2. ^ "Михаил Ходорковский поддержит Алексея Навального на президентских выборах 2018 года". Retrieved 2016-10-05. 

Opinion polls


  1. The Federal Law on the election of the President of the Russian Federation
  2. Гонтмахер, Евгений (15 June 2015). "Секрет досрочных выборов". Бизнес Ньюс Медиа. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
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  6. "Зюганов предсказал досрочные выборы президента в России в 2017 году". 8 November 2016.
  7. "CONSTITUTION OF RUSSIA. Chapter 4. The President of the Russian Federation".
  8. Жириновский объявил о своем участии в выборах президента в 2018 году
  9. Жириновский не исключил, что ЛДПР на выборах президента представит не он
  10. Жириновский пойдёт на выборы президента с четырьмя преемниками
  11. Владимир Жириновский: я буду защищать русских везде
  12. Владимир Жириновский снова собрался в президенты
  13. Memorandum of Political Alternative
  14. Партия «Яблоко» решила выдвинуть Явлинского на пост президента России
  15. Навальный не будет участвовать в выборах, но может путешествовать
  16. Верховный суд отменил приговор Навальному по делу «Кировлеса»
  17. 1 2 Ivan Okhlobystin intends to participate in the presidential elections in 2018
  18. 1 2 Mavrodi wants to become the President of Russia
  19. Явлинский подтвердил планы избираться в президенты после выборов в Думу
  20. «Навальный вводится в игру»
  21. Anti-Kremlin Figure Navalny Sets Sights on Presidency
  22. Навальный сообщил Совету Европы о планах баллотироваться в президенты
  23. В числе кандидатов Ходорковского на пост президента — Ройзман, Шлосберг и дочь Ельцина
  24. Адвокат: Демушкину предъявлено обвинение в окончательной редакции
  25. Дело предпринимателя Полонского дошло до суда
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