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]

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