The Russian presidential election is like no other. It runs for roughly two weeks!
Candidates must align to certain requirements in order to run. This includes age, country of birth, and having a Russian citizenship (no dual citizens allowed). They must also have lived in Russia for 10 or more years at the time of their candidacy. Another big no-no is having a criminal record. However, you can run for presidency if you had a criminal case four or more years prior.
This year’s election is leaning in Vladimir Putin’s favour, as many of his supporters are passionate on the president’s efforts during his term.
Russian citizens are constantly reminded of how Putin empowered their nation, his opponents have been taken for a rough ride as Putin’s public relations campaign are going all out on displaying the opposition in a negative light.
His opponents aren’t happy with the tough competition as they describe it as more of a re-coronation rather than an election.
Russian politics is tough.
But despite the struggle, it appears Putin is staying true to his nature by maintaining a strong image for his country, while showing no fear when going up against is opponents.
Russia already has confidence for Vladimir Putin
Putin may know the election is already in the bag, but he wants to reinforce his current grounds for presidency.
Luckily, those loyal to Putin work in the media sector, and they aren’t afraid of using their resources to stabilise his victory.
Putin has a number of competitors he must go to war with.
The first being Ksenia Sobchak, a former TV celebrity who actually believes the election is rigged with no chance of herself winning.
Dubbed as Russia’s very own Paris Hilton, Ms Sobchak wants a long-term career in politics.
The second candidate is Pavel Grudinin, a farmer and businessman.
Dubbed as the ‘strawberry candidate’, Pavel has had a tough time dealing with the tough competition…but may place second.
Since the beginning of the campaign, Putin has limited his public appearances, declining invitations to appear in TV debates and avoiding interviews.
Putin is smart enough to know some of these public appearances could prove to be a trap with the purpose of making him look bad to the public.
Ms Sobchak believes the election is completely fake. However, this may be her own strategy to get the people to turn against Putin.
This could win the public to her favour, as she knows Putin has a stable platform in Russia.
Despite her efforts, voter numbers have increased as Russian youths are prompted to join the election with an ‘election selfie’ gimmick in order to bump up overall election figures.
Even if the odds scale in Putin’s favour, we still should speculate what Russia would be without him as president. His opponent Sobchak being president may very much change the entire dynamic of the country’s political surface. Either way, the outcome should prove to be interesting.