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This Sunday, almost 111 million Russian citizens vote for the country's next president, while the results of the vote will be announced tomorrow.

Russian nationals are electing the country's head of state among eight contenders: Sergei Baburin from the All-People's Union party; Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin; incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin; Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak; Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin; Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov; co-founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, and head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

Follow our election infographic for the latest updates in the 2018 Russian presidential election.

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  • 10:28

    Putin Leads Election in Sevastopol With 90.19% With All Votes Counted - Commission

    Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading in the presidential election in the federal city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula with 90.19 percent of votes after 100 percent of votes have been counted, with a preliminary turnout estimated to exceed 71 percent, chairman of the municipal election commission Alexander Petukhov said Monday.

    "Protocols from all local commissions have been processed and all ballots have been counted. The turnout amounts to 71.44 percent. Vladimir Putin received 218,303 votes or 90.19 percent," Petukhov said at a briefing.

    Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin got 3.59 percent of the vote, head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky received 2.89 percent, and Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak secured 1.27 percent of the vote.

  • 10:00

    Over 91% of Voters in Russia's Chechen Republic Back Putin - Election Commission

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has gathered the support of 91.44 percent of voters from the Chechen Republic in Sunday's presidential election, the data of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) said on Monday.

    With all data from the polling places in the Caucasian republic already processed, Putin came out in the lead with 91.44 percent of the vote, while Pavel Grudinin of the Communist Party and Sergei Baburin of the All-People's Union finished second and third with 4.62 percent and 1.18 percent, respectively.

    Grigory Yavlinsky, the co-founder of the Yabloko Party, got 0.75 percent of Chechen votes, Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak secured 0.54 percent of the vote, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov received 0.51 percent, Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin got 0.32 percent and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, received 0.25 percent.

  • 09:37

    Int'l Observers Deliver Report on 2018 Russian Presidential Election

  • 21:42

    Russian Senior Lawmaker Expects Presidential Election Turnout to Surpass 2012 Figures

    "No country has such a transparent election system. The legitimacy of the election cannot be doubted," Valentina Matvienko, the Federation Council speaker, said on Sunday as aired by the Channel One TV channel, adding that the voter turnout would exceed the results of 2012 election.

    The upper house speaker has noted that the presidential election allows examining the society for political maturity, adding that the Russian political system and its citizens "have passed this exam."

    She went on saying that Western countries exerted an unprecedented pressure on Russia before the presidential election, including by accusing Moscow of being behind the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom.

    "There has been an unprecedented political and economic pressure," Matvienko told the Russian Channel One. adding that Skripal's case appeared one week before the election, however, the allegations on Russia's involvement were "now failing."

  • 21:20

    Preliminary Results of Presidential Election to Be Announced Around Midnight GMT - Election Commission

  • 21:17

    Voting in Russia's Westernmost Region Ended

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    Voting in Russia's westernmost Kaliningrad Region has ended, with the last polling stations closing in the country.

    As of 15:00 GMT, the voter turnout in the Kaliningrad Region stood at 55.29 percent, a representative of local election commission said.

  • 21:02

    Putin Leading in Russian Presidential Election With 71.97 Percent of Votes - Election Commission

    Incumbent President Vladimir Putin receives 71.97 percent of the vote at Russian presidential election after 21.33 percent of ballots processed, according to the preliminary data of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC).

    Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin gets 15.9 percent of the vote after 21.33 percent of ballots processed, head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky receives 6.95 percent, Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak secures 1.39 percent, according to CEC.

    Grigory Yavlinsky, the co-founder of the Yabloko Party, gains 0.77 percent. Sergey Baburin from the All-People's Union party receives 0.62 percent, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov - 0.6 percent, while the Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin gets 0.61 percent.

    In 2012, Putin won the presidential election with 63.6 percent of the vote.

    According to Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) exit poll results, Putin receives 73.9 percent of the vote, Grudinin gains 11.2 percent, Zhirinovsky - 6.7 percent, Sobchak - 2.5 percent, Yavlinsky - 1.6 percent, Titov - 1.1 percent, Baburin - 1 percent, Suraykin - 0.8 percent. The survey was conducted at 1,200 polling places in 68 federal subjects across the country. The pollster interviewed 162,601 people, with 62.8 percent of respondents providing answers.

    According to the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) exit polls, Putin secures 76.3 percent of the vote, Grudinin gets 11.9 percent, Zhirinovsky - 6 percent, Sobchak - 2 percent, Yavlinsky - 1 percent. Titov and Suraykin gain 0.7 percent each, Baburin gets 0.6 percent. The survey was conducted at 1,127 polling places in 83 federal subjects across the country. The pollster interviewed 112,700 people, with a statistical error not exceeding 1 percent.

    The Russian Interior Ministry has said no significant violations were registered during the vote that might affect the election results.

  • 20:31

    Russian Hockey Players Voting in US (PHOTO)

    Russian citizens Alexander Ovechkin and Dmitriy Orlov, playing for the Washington hockey club cast their ballots.

  • 20:14

    Russian Presidential Election at Embassy in London Conducted Under Tight Security

    Voting machines at the Information Center of the Central Election Commission of Russia
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    Russia's presidential election at the country's Embassy in London is being conducted under tight security amid the recently deteriorated relations between the two countries, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

    Several policemen are patrolling Kensington Palace Gardens, where the Russian Embassy is located, with a bus with additional police forces parked near the building’s entrance.

    The situation at the polling station is calm. Despite the cold weather, people are queuing in front of the polling station to cast ballots, some of them with children.

    The Embassy noted a high turnout, stressing that about 2,500 people had cast ballots as of 15:00 GMT.

    Russians can also cast their ballots at the Consulate General in Edinburgh.

    The Russian-UK relations have recently worsened due to the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom, which took place earlier in March. London accuses Moscow of being involved in the incident, with Russia denies all accusations and expresses readiness to collaborate on the investigation. The two countries have already imposed restrictive measures on each other.

    Earlier in the day, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow had asked London to ensure security at the polling stations despite the deterioration of bilateral relations.

  • 20:03

    Polling Stations Close in Moscow, Moscow Region

  • 20:02

    No Major Violations During Russian Presidential Election - Human Rights Commissioner

    No major violations were registered during the Russian presidential election, Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova said on Sunday.

    "There are no major violations that could influence the expression of the will of Russian citizens and could result in the vote disruption," Moskalkova said.    

  • 19:39

    Russia's Election Commission Receives Info About Damages in Ukraine's Odessa, Including Diplomatic Vehicles

    Сотрудники МВД Украины и представители националистических организаций блокируют здание консульства РФ в Одессе в связи с выборами президента РФ
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    The Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) has been receiving information about damage to Russian property, including diplomatic vehicles, in Ukraine's Odessa, Vasily Likhachev, a CEC member, said Sunday.

    "We have been receiving information about cases of damage to Russia's property - several vehicles of our diplomats have been smeared," Likhachev said.

    Likhachev also said that several hours ago Ukraine's National Guard announced that a bomb had been discovered near the General Consulate in Odessa, thereby effectively paralyzing all approaches to the building.

    Earlier in the day, Sputnik correspondents reported that the Odessa police had asked journalists and passers-by to leave the territory near the Consulate over a call informing about a bomb threat in the street where the mission is located until the message had been verified.

    The Ukrainian police have blocked access to the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consulates in the cities of Lviv and Odessa preventing Russian nationals from casting ballots in the presidential election. It comes several days after Ukraine's Interior Ministry said that it would not allow Russian citizens to visit Russian diplomatic missions on the territory of the country to vote in the March 18 election.    

  • 19:37

    Huge Row of Voters in Latvia (PHOTO)

  • 19:28

    Russian Citizens Vote in US

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    Voting in Russian Presidential Election Underway in US Capital

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Dozens of Russian citizens are heading to a polling station at the Embassy of Russia in Washington DC to cast their ballots in the Russian presidential election, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
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  • 19:25

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    Two Birds, One Stone: Russian Man Votes, Proposes to Beloved at Polling Station

    A resident of a Russian village decided to make two big life decisions on the same day. He voted for his future president and proposed to his girlfriend right after casting his ballot.
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  • 19:21

    Russian Citizens Vote for Next President in Greece (VIDEO)

  • 19:02

    Latest Turnout Update: 59.5% as of 03:00 p.m. (GMT)

    "The updates on voters activity at the election have stopped. The turnout as of 18:00 is 59.93 percent," the Russian Central Election Commission said in its Telegram channel.

  • 19:00

    Attempted Provocations at Russian Election Recorded in Several States- Election Commission

    The provocation attempts during the Russian presidential election were recorded in a number of states, including Ukraine, the United States and New Zealand, Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), told Sputnik on Sunday.

    "Provocation attempts were recorded in New Zealand, Ukraine, some other states and, certainly, in the United States," Likhachev said.

    The CEC member noted that possible provocations in some US states were being prepared thoroughly.

    "The anti-Russian elements in the United States, especially in San Francisco, California, and possibly, in New York, have been actively preparing some kinds of provocations. The investigation into each case is underway," Likhachev said.    

  • 18:48

    Russian Citizens Vote in Damascus

    The staff of the polling station on the territory of the Russian Embassy in Damascus count votes after early voting in the Russian presidential election
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    "The voting at our polling station in Syria, at the Russian Embassy in Damascus, was organized well and took place very actively. The turnout is rather high," Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), told Sputnik on Sunday.     

  • 18:45

    Unhealthy Opposition Diet: Voter Eats Ballot Paper (VIDEO)

  • 18:40

    Blocking Russians From Voting in Ukraine 'Aggression' - Russian Election Commission Member

    Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), called Sunday Kiev's attempts to prevent Russian citizens from voting in Ukraine "a humanitarian aggression."

    Earlier in the day, Sputnik correspondents reported that Ukrainian police had blocked access to the Russian Embassy in Kiev and consulates in the cities of Lviv and Odessa preventing Russian nationals from casting ballots in the presidential election. It comes several days after Ukraine's Interior Ministry said that it would not allow Russian citizens to visit Russian diplomatic missions on the territory of the country to vote in the March 18 election.

    "It is absolutely obvious for us, it is a fact of humanitarian aggression against Russian citizens who are situated in Ukraine and cannot exercise their right to vote, envisaged by the Constitution and the international law," Likhachev said.

    Likhachev noted that the facts of violations should be recorded and further transferred to different parliamentarian and international structures.

    Mikhail Fedotov, the chairman of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, considered the incidents as "blatant violations of international law."

  • 18:39

    Block-Long Line: Huge Number of Voters in Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek (VIDEO)

  • 18:32
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  • 18:28

    Better Too Early Than Late: Bild Newspaper Decided to Congratulate Putin on Reelection

    Meanwhile, the German Bild newspaper rushed to congratulate the current president on his re-election...yesterday.

  • 18:16

    How Ballot Paper Looks Like at Russian Presidential Election (PHOTO)

  • 18:13

    Number of Crimes, Offenses and Accidents Decreases at Election Day - Interior Ministry

    The Russian Interior Ministry has reported 13 criminal cases were opened during the day of the presidential election, what is 10 less than in 2012.

    "Since the beginning of the election, 13 criminal cases have been initiated, which in one way or another affect the issues of the election. In comparison with the election in 2012, 23 criminal cases were initiated by the time of the closure of the voting stations, " Russian first deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoy told reporters Sunday.

    He noted that the security during the election at 97 thousand sites was ensured by 356 thousand police officers and Rosgvardia (special forces).

  • 18:07

    Russians Vote for Next President in Sunny Australia (PHOTO)

  • 18:05

    Central Commission Update: Turnout Stands at 52.97 %

  • 17:27

    Higher Voter Turnout Recorded in Several Russia's Regions Compared to 2012 – Officials

    "People are actively going to the polls. [As of 12:00 p.m. Moscow time (09:00 GMT)], the voter turnout in the Ural Federal District, the Siberian Federal District and the Far Eastern Federal District was 28 percent higher compared to 2012," CEC Deputy Chairman Nikolay Bulaev said.

    The voter turnout in Moscow stood at 40.06 percent as of 03:00 p.m. local time (12:00 GMT) compared to 34.04 percent in 2012.

  • 17:19

    Russian Presidential Election Voter Turnout Reaches 51.9% at 14:00 GMT - Officials

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The voter turnout for the Russian presidential election stood at 51.9 percent as of 05:00 p.m. Moscow time (14:00 GMT), according to the data provided by the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC).

  • 17:15

    Several Provocations Took Place During Presidential Vote - Ambassador to US

    "Everything went well, democratically, in accordance with the Russian laws ... I cannot say that everything went 100 percent as we wanted, because, unfortunately, there were acts of provocations," Russian ambassador to US Anatoly Antonov said.

    Antonov explained that one of the buildings where the voting was to take place was poured with some filth. Besides, a number of cases were recorded when the people who were allowed to use their buildings for voting received threats and subsequently rejected this idea.

  • 16:58

    Observers From 20 Countries Including US, Ukraine, Austria Working in Crimea - Official

    "Representatives of 20 countries are observing the course of voting in Crimea - including those from the United States, Ukraine, Austria, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Italy, Venezuela and Switzerland," Malyshev said.

    He added that a total of 43 international observers were monitoring the election in Crimea.

    Malyshev noted that the Crimean Tatars were also actively participating in the election despite calls for a boycott of the vote issued by banned extremist organizations.

    "Those Crimean Tatars, who are feeling residents of Crimea, are really coming and taking part in the voting," the official said.

    According to Malyshev, the voter turnout in Crimea amounted to 53.48 percent as of 03:00 p.m. (12:00 GMT).

  • 16:43

    Voters Turnout in Moscow Reaches 40 Percent at 13:00 GMT

  • 16:29

    Process in Details: Presidential Election in Russian Federation

    A billboard with the logo of the 2018 Russian presidential election, in Kazan. Background: the Qolşärif Mosque of the Kazan Kremlin

    Process in Details: Presidential Election in Russian Federation

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The presidential election is being held across the Russian Federation on Sunday, March 18.
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  • 15:59

    Some 250 Violations Registered During Russian Presidential Election - Observers

    "The turnout this year is higher than in 2012. That is evidenced by the data as of 10:00 a.m. [07:00 GMT] and the noon ... Today we have already received 250 reports about violations. About a half of them were not confirmed and turned out to be fake," co-chair of the Russia Elects observers' movement Elena Babchenkova said on Sunday, adding that the voter turnout this year was higher than in 2012.

    She pointed out that in some cases fake news was disseminated deliberately and added that all the incidents were solved at the site without requests to the Central Election Commission.

  • 15:48

    Great-Great-Grandsons of Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy Voted For 1st Time

  • 15:29

    Duo of Bear and Guy Play Despacito, Lambada at Polling Station

  • 15:23

    Some 400 Telephone Operators Working Today to Receive Complaints, Information

  • 15:02

    Voting for Next Russian President Kicks Off in US

    The first polling stations opened in Washington DC and New York at 8:00 a.m. EST (1:00 p.m. GMT). They will be followed by the polling stations in Houston, Texas, Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

    Russian citizens will be able to cast their vote until 8:00 p.m. local time as it is done in Russia.

    Some Russian nationals in the United States voted before March 18. Early voting will be available in 15 cities across the country.

  • 15:00

    Polling Stations For Voting in Russian Presidential Election Open in Canada

    At 8 a.m. EST, polling stations opened in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Polling places in Edmonton and Vancouver will open at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST respectively.

    Voters will be able to cast their ballots until 8 p.m. local time.

     

  • 14:53

    OSCE Officials Warn Kiev Against Disenfranchising Russian Citizens in Ukraine - Source

    "This letter expresses concern about the reported plans to block voting at Russian diplomatic missions in Ukraine, stating that it could result in the disenfranchisement of Russian citizens residing in Ukraine who should have the right to vote if they wish to exercise it," the source said about the relevant letter that was submitted on Saturday to Ihor Prokopchuk, the permanent representative of Ukraine to the OSCE.

  • 14:51

    Voter Turnout in Beijing Highest in 10 Years

  • 14:47

    Cat Supervises Russian Presidential Election in Crimea

  • 14:42

    Stuffing Registered at Polling Station in Lyubertsy, Moscow Region

  • 14:38

    Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Voted in Russian Presidential Election

  • 14:23

    Russian Presidential Election Voter Turnout Reaches 34.72% at 11:00 GMT - Central Election Commission

    "At 2 p.m. Moscow time the voter turnout was 34.72 percent," deputy chief Nikolai Bulayev said.

  • 14:14

    Voters Stampede: Everyone Wants to Cast Their Ballots First

  • 14:05

    Brown Bear & Panda Come to Vote in Russian Presidential Election

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    Brown Bear & Panda Come to Vote in Russian Presidential Election

    In the city, Severobaykalsk, in Buryatia, Russia, a man has come to vote for the country's next president dressed in a brown bear costume.
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  • 14:02

    More Than 500, 000 Crimeans Cast Their Ballots in Presidential Election

  • 13:56

    Russian Olympic Champion Medvedeva Calls For Russians Not to Ignore Presidential Vote

  • 13:50

    No Violations at Russian Presidential Vote Recorded in the UK - Ambassador

  • 13:47

    Russian Citizens Willing to Vote in Presidential Election in Ukraine Received Threats - Foreign Ministry

    'Why are they doing that? The answer is clear. The Russian citizens, who wanted to vote in Ukraine, see what is happening there. Therefore their choice is clear. Such result of expression of free will was unacceptable for Kiev ... That is why the [Ukrainian] regime absolutely brazenly prevented Russian citizens from voting," Zakharova told reporters.

  • 13:44

    Man, Wearing Costume of Sarmat Missile Casts His Ballot

  • 13:35

    Some 3,500 Russians Cast Their Votes in Thailand - Russia's Ambassador to Thailand

  • 13:31

    Civic Initiative Candidate Ksenia Sobchak Casts Her Vote

  • 13:28

    Current Number of Voters in Germany at 16, 000 - Russian Central Election Commission

  • 13:24

    No Serious Violations at Russian Presidential Election Recorded As of 06:00 GMT - Official

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - No serious violations were registered at the Russian presidential election as of 9 a.m. Moscow time (06:00 GMT) on Sunday, Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Secretary Maya Grishina said.

    "The latest data coming from monitors shows that no serious violations has been registered. There are complaints about small violations - for example, there was agitation at one of the polling stations, which was immediately removed," Grishina said.

    Public observers have also confirmed that no serious violations have been registered so far.

    "We have not registered any serious violations," Russia's Civic Chamber Secretary Valery Fadeyev said adding that as of 06:30 GMT there were 1,061 reports about small violations.

  • 13:21

    Russians Actively Voting at Russian Embassy in France

  • 13:18

    Voting Kicks Off at Russian Embassy in London

  • 13:12

    Some 1500 Int'l Observers From 115 Countries Watching Russian Presidential Vote - Election Commission

  • 13:07

    French Actor Gerard Depardieu Votes at Presidential Election

    Famous French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has Russian citizenship, voted on Sunday at the presidential election at a polling station in the embassy in Paris.

  • 13:06

    Russian Prime Minister, His Wife Cast Their Ballots

    Премьер-министр РФ Д. Медведев принял участие в голосовании на выборах президента РФ
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  • 13:04

    Russian Presidential Election in Country's Embassy in Bahrain

  • 13:01

    Noble Vote: Knights Attend Presidential Election (PHOTO)

  • 12:55

    Russia's Prosecutor-General Casts His Ballot

  • 12:49

    Children Sing Russian National Anthem in Russian Embassy in Turkey

    These minors can't yet to cast their ballots, but they have decided to show their attitude, singing the national anthem in Russia's embassy in Ankara.

  • 12:36

    Polling Stations Closed at Russia's Kamchatka and Chukotka

  • 12:34

    Communists of Russia Party Hopeful Suraykin Casts His Vote

    Russian presidential candidates vote
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  • 12:30

    Nicaraguan Observer Praises Russian Election Technologies for Quick Calculation of Results

    "The technology used during the voting process is impressive and will allow to know the results in relatively short time. Many people are voting, but as far as we know the results will be known only a few hours later because of the technology," Francisco Talavera, an observer from Nicaragua, told Sputnik on Sunday.

     

  • 12:18

    Moscow Mayor Sobyanin Casts His Vote in Russian Presidential Vote

    Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin during the voting at the Russian presidential elections at polling station No. 90 in Moscow
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  • 12:03

    Moscow to Brief OSCE Missions on Russian Presidential Vote Disruption in Ukraine– Official

    "These facts will be made public, and today I am going to transfer this information to the heads of the two OSCE missions – the OSCE PA and OSCE/ODIHR,” Likhachev said.

  • 11:37

    Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov Casts His Vote

  • 11:35

    Russian Cosmonauts Choosing the Country's President

  • 11:23

    Voter Turnout By 7:00 GMT Reaches 16 Percent - Russian Election Commission

    "At 10 a.m. Moscow time the turnout was 6.36 percent in 2000, 8.01 percent in 2004, 8.94 percent in 2008, 6.53 percent in 2012 and 16.55 percent in 2018," Pamfilova said at the CEC Information Center.

  • 11:21

    Russian Election Commission Prevents 15 DDoS Attacks on Its Website, Coming From 15 Countries

    "We prevented DDOS attacks between 23:00 GMT and 02:00 GMT, coming from 15 countries," head of the Russian Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova said.

  • 11:16

    Pass Our Test to Find Which Russian Presidential Candidate Suits You Most!

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  • 10:37

    Party of Growth Presidential Hopeful Titov Casts Ballot in Russian Presidential Vote

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  • 10:30

    Ukrainian Police Prevent Russian Citizens From Casting Ballots in Kiev, Lviv, Odessa

    "We are letting in only those who work in the consulate and only in line with the list, which we have. We are not letting in anyone else," a police officer near the consulate in Lviv told Sputnik.

  • 10:26

    Yabloko Party Presidential Hopeful Yavlinsky Casts Ballot in Russian Presidential Vote

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  • 10:16

    Liberal Democratic Party Presidential Hopeful Zhirinovsky Arrives at Polling Station

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  • 10:12

    Communist Party Presidential Hopeful Grudinin Casts Ballot in Russian Presidential Vote

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  • 10:05

    Putin Casts Ballot at Russian Presidential Election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast his ballot in the Russian presidential election, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Sunday.

    The incumbent president voted at polling station 2151 located in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

    Putin told reporters that any result of the vote allowing him to keep performing the duties of the president would be viewed by him as successful.

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  • 08:52

    Twitter Users Share Photos From Polling Stations

  • 08:04

    Polling Stations Open in Moscow

  • 06:18

    Voter Turnout in Eastern Regions Tops 30% by Noon

    The turnout in the presidential election in the most eastern regions of Russia was 30.37 percent by noon local time, according to preliminary information on the Central Election Commission website.

    By noon local time, Kamchatka Territory had a 31-percent turnout (3 a.m. Moscow time, midnight GMT).

    In Magadan Region, 27.7 percent of voters cast their ballots by noon (4 a.m. Moscow time, 01.00 GMT).

    Chukotka boasted a 47.3-percent turnout by noon (3 a.m. Moscow time, midnight GMT) and Sakhalin had a 29-percent turnout (4 a.m. Moscow time, 01.00 GMT).

  • 04:32

    Election Campaign Observing Voter Rights - Reports

    Russian presidential election campaign was held in a respectful manner with rights of all voter groups observed, Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova said Saturday.

    "Despite all the nuances, the election campaign was held in the atmosphere of respect for each other, respect for those who organized the polling stations. New programs were developed for both the disabled and for those who are in jail and for those who want to come even without having the opportunity to do so," Moskalkova said during a meeting of the Central Election Commission after the start of voting in the Russian presidential election.

  • 04:15

    Polling Stations Open in Krasnoyarsk

    Polling Stations opened at 08:00 a.m. local time in central Siberia and in its southern parts as well. Overall, during the voting day 2029 polling stations will be operating. Remarkably, one of the places where every Russian citizen can vote will be international Airport Tolmachevo.

  • 01:49

    CEC: Thousands of Journalists From Over 2,400 Media Outlets to Cover Presidential Election

    According to the CEC, almost 13,000 journalists from over 2,400 media outlets observe the Russian presidential election. The total number includes 5,560 reporters from TV channels, and 117 journalists from Internet media. A total of 367 reporters from 80 foreign media also follow the election campaign and voting.

  • 00:44

    Polling Stations in Chukotka Working at Full Capacity - Reports

  • 23:45

    Cyberattacks Increased Prior to Russian Presidential Election

    Hacking attempts have increased on the eve of the Russian presidential election, Mikhail Oseevskiy, the head of Russia's Rostelecom telecommunications provider, said on Saturday.

    "Unfortunately we see that the activity of detractors has increased in the recent days. Various websites subject to attacks. Today, the websites of Lenta.ru [news portal], Roskomnadzor [Russia's media watchdog] have been attacked," Oseevskiy said.

    Meanwhile, Oseevskiy expressed confidence that the election day would take place without any difficulties.

  • 23:01

    First Polling Stations Open for Presidential Election in Russia's Kamchatka, Chukotka

    First polling stations opened in Russia's Kamchatka Territory and Chukotka Autonomous Area for the presidential election at 08.00 a.m. Sunday local time, or 20:00 Saturday GMT.

    In Kamchatka, voters can cast their ballots at 194 onshore poling stations. Another 123 stations were set up on ships, but the election was held there via early voting. Over 5,000 seamen cast their ballots.

    About 1,700 voters who are in remote and hard-to-reach areas, including deer farmers, also took part in early voting.

    In Chukotka, 55 stations have opened. Taxis in Russia's easternmost city of Anadyr have promised to take people to polling stations free of charge. Anadyr residents will have an additional local vote on the management of the city's public spaces adjacent to residential buildings.

  • 22:58

    OSCE Urges Kiev to Respect Russian Citizens' Rights on Election Day

    OSCE applied to Kiev authorities urging to respect the rights of the Russian citizens on the presidential election day, Vasily Likhachev, a member of the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC), said on Saturday.

    "Today Jan Petersen, a representative of the Observation Mission, told me that the documents saying about the necessity to respect the rights of the Russian citizens during the voting on March 18 were submitted to the Kiev authorities from the OSCE headquarters in Vienna," Likhachev told reporters.

  • 22:52

    Over 1,500 International Observers to Monitor Russian Presidential Voting

    On Sunday, the Russian voters will cast their ballots at presidential election, choosing among eight candidates. According to Rrussian Central Election Commission, over 1,500 of foreign observers have been accredited to monitor the Russian presidential election, which is an absolute record in the country's history of presidential voting.

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