The Raw Data
Unspun and unbiased. These are the facts.
Russia’s presidential election is scheduled for March 18 with President Vladimir Putin running for his fourth term against seven other candidates. Polls cited by RT said Putin has approximately 70 percent public support.
The presidential candidates are:
- Incumbent President Vladimir Putin, 65, running as an independent. He was first elected in 2000. He has been president for a total of 14 years and prime minister for four years.
- Pavel Grudinin, 57, who is backed by the Communist Party. Polls say he has 7.1 percent of public support, according to RT.
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky, 71, founder and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia. This is his sixth time running for president. Polls say he has 5.6 percent of public support, according to RT.
- Ksenia Sobchak, 36, of the Civic Initiative party. Polls say she has 1.1 percent of public support, according to RT.
- Sergey Baburin, 59, of the All-Russian People’s Union party.
- Maksim Suraikin, 39, of the Communists of Russia.
- Boris Titov, 57, of the Party of Growth.
- Grigory Yavlinsky, 65, a founder of the liberal Yabloko party.
Opposition politician Alexei Navalny had applied to enter the race and was denied by the electoral commission due to a prior conviction. Navalny, who says the conviction is without merit, has called for Russians to boycott the election.
Voter turnout has declined in recent years, Deutsche Welle reported. The government is encouraging turnout for the March 18 election through initiatives such as advertisements on milk bottles and posts of comical videos on social media.