Russian presidential election, 2012

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Vladimir Putin's inauguration on 7 May 2012.

The 2012 Russian presidential election was a presidential election. It occurred on 4 March 2012 in the Russian Federation.[1] The election was for an extended term of six years.

Incumbent president, Dmitry Medvedev, decided not to run for a second term.[2]

Vladimir Putin, from United Russia, easily won the election. He received 64% of the vote.[3][4]

Results[change | change source]

Candidate Votes %
Vladimir Putin 45,602,075 63.60%
Gennady Zyuganov 12,318,353 17.18%
Mikhail Prokhorov 5,722,508 7.98%
Vladimir Zhirinovsky 4,458,103 6.22%
Sergey Mironov 2,763,935 3.85%
Total votes 70,864,974 100%

Aftermath[change | change source]

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe gave an overall positive review of the election, but they did notice some issues.[5] They found that Putin was given more airtime than other candidates. There were also some cases of carousel voting (which is a type of electoral fraud where supporters drive to multiple polling stations and vote multiple times).[6] Ruža Tomašić, a OSCE observer from Croatia, noted that there were no violations at the five polling stations she observed.[7] A few days after the election, 15,000–20,000 people protested in Moscow against the results.[8] The Communist Party of the Russian Federation did not recognize the results.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Russia's presidential elections scheduled for March 2012". B92. RIA Novosti. 21 July 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. "Russia's Putin set to return as president in 2012". BBC News. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 24 September 2011.
  3. "Putin declared president-elect". Rt.com. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation. Cikrf.ru. Retrieved on 5 March 2012.
  5. "Russia's presidential election marked by unequal campaign conditions, active citizens' engagement, international observers say". Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
  6. Police break up anti-Putin protest in Moscow, dozens arrested Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Yohoo News, retrieved 5/3/2012
  7. http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/svijet/181183/Nisam-vidjela-nepravilnosti-u-Rusiji.html | In Croatian
  8. Moscow protest: opposition call for civil rights campaign against Vladimir Putin after his election victory, Telegraph, retrieved 11/3/2012
  9. "Мы не признаем выборы!". http://kprf.ru. 4 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)