Russian presidential election 2018 Odds
There are not a lot of things which we know about this election. It will be held a year later - on March 11. Also, it can be postponed to March 18. Each citizen of the Russian Federation in every city (or inhabited locality) has a right to choose the candidate whom he (she) wants to be elected. The conditions of the election are simple – the amount of electors’ voices will be counted by CECRF (Central Electoral Commission of the Russian Federation) and the result will be announced next day or during the same day. The candidate who was elected by the largest number of people becomes a new president. The inauguration of the president takes place on the 30th day after CECRF announces his (her) name.
Among the new candidates will (or may) be:
Vladimir Putin – the second President of the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2008 and from 2012 to these days, the chairman of the political party “United Russia”from 2008 to 2012. On the eve of the previous election he declared that he wouldn’t run for president anymore. But recently V. Putin, in spite of his last declaration, said that he most likely will take part in this election.
Dmitry Medvedev – the current prime minister of the Russian Federation, the third president of the RF from 2008 to 2012, the chairman of the political party “United Russia” and the Government of the Russian Federation, since 2012. He graduated from the Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg) State University.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky – deputy chairman of the State Duma of the RF, the founder and the chairman of the political party “LDPR”(Liberal Democratic Party of Russia). He ran for president 5 times – in 1991, 1996, 2000, 2008, and 2012, but these attempts were unsuccessful. He graduated from the Institute of Asian and African countries. His political point of view is liberalism.
Alexey Navalny – the founder of “ACF” (Anti-Corruption Foundation), the head of the Central Council of the political organization “The Party of Progress”, a candidate for mayor of Moscow in 2013, where he was second. He graduated from the Law Faculty of Russian Peoples’ Friendship University. Navalny became popular after publishing his compromising materials on the Russian celebrities. Also, Navalny was twice conditionally sentenced in 2013 and 2014.
Grigory Yavlinsky – the head of the political faction “Yabloko”(translated as “Apple”), a deputy chairman of the Minister’s Council of RSFSR (Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic) in 1990, a doctor of economic sciences. He ran for president twice – in 1996 and 2000. His political point of view is liberalism.
Gennady Ziuganov – the chairman of the Central Committee of the CPRF (Communist Party of the Russian Federation) since 1995, the chairman of the Council of the Communist Parties’ Union since 2001, a deputy of the State Duma since 1993, and a doctor of philosophical science. He ran for president 4 times and always was second. His political point of view is communism.
Also, other politicians who are not well-known in Russia and, of course, in the world, have declared that they would probably run for president. They are: Alina Vitukhnovskaya (a poetess and a writer), Sergey Biziukin (a public activist), Anatoly Batashev (the member of the Russian ecological party “The Green Ones”), Maxim Suraikin (chairman of the political party “Communists of Russia”), Ustin Chaschikhin (a writer), Vladimir Levin (president of the Russian Businessmen’s League).
Probably, some time later, other politicians will announce their “participation in the election” as well.
The article is written on March 30, 2017