On March 18, Russian citizens will head to the polls for presidential elections. Incumbent President Vladimir Putin is contesting this election as an independent, despite consistently representing the ruling United Russia party in previous elections. Among the other seven candidates running for president is TV celebrity Ksenia Sobchak, who is the third woman to run for president in Russia since the position was established in 1991.
To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in the Russian Federation: 2018 Presidential Election. IFES FAQs include:
- How is campaign financing regulated?
- What is the election management body? What are its powers?
- What technology will be used?
- Who can observe during Election Day? How can they gain accreditation?