Published On: Mon, Mar 19th, 2018

Putin Forever?


As expected, Vladimir Putin triumphed in the Russian election on Sunday. The president‘s confidence was so high that he didn’t even bother campaigning before Russians went to the polls. Now, the question everyone seems to be asking is whether Putin is going to be in office for his entire life. As both prime minister and president, he is the second longest serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin who was in power for 10,636 days. Putin surpassed Leonid Brezhnev’s 6,601 days in power in September 2017 according to the Washington Post and he has now served for 6,790 days (as of March 18, 2018). Should he see out his latest term at the helm, he will get even closer to Stalin, with a projected total of 8,981 days.


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Putin Extends His Grip on Power

By Martin Armstrong

Vladimir Putin walked to another completely unsurprising landslide election victory in Russia yesterday. Our infographic takes a look at the most recent election result and compares it to Putin’s previous presidential victories. This time round was his strongest result to date, with turnout only better in 2000 and the share of votes received well above any of his previous hauls. Equally unsurprising though, is the questioning of the legitimacy of the vote. A recent Gallup poll showed that only a minority of Russian adults were confident in the honesty of their elections.


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Russia: low confidence in honesty of elections

Vladimir Putin hasn’t even bothered going on the campaign trail in the run up to the polls opening. There are a number of reasons why he can be so sure of victory – his high approval ratings and lack of strong opposition (this at least in part engineered by Putin himself), for example – but for many there is a big question mark over the legitimacy of Russia’s elections. As Gallup surveys over the last few years have shown, even in Russia, those confident their elections are ‘honest’ are in the minority. Although the share of people trusting in the democratic process has increased since 2012, the results, as shown in this infographic, are rather damning.

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