Russians head to polls as Putin prepares for 4th term

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to win his fourth term in the Kremlin, according to opinion polls. The polling stations opened Sunday morning in Russia as Putin’s party continues its attempts to increase voter turnout.
Vladimir Putin Photo Credit: EPA

The polling stations across Russia opened on Sunday for the 2018 presidential election. According to opinion polls, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to win by a landslide.

Putin is so confident that he will be re-elected that his party is not investing in last-minute campaign efforts. Instead, the party is trying to increase voter turnout so that his fourth term will be viewed as legitimate domestically and internationally. However, opposition leader Alexei Navalny is trying to thwart Putin’s plans by calling for a boycott of the election.  

Putin served as Russia’s president from 2000 to 2004 and was then re-elected for the 2004-2008 term. As the Russian Constitution prohibits a president from serving three terms in a row, Putin served as the prime minister of Russia from 2008 to 2012. He returned to the Kremlin in 2012.



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