The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has expressed his will to participate in the presidential elections, March 2018.
He served as the President of the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2008.
He became the Prime Minister from 2008 to 2012 and won the third term in 2012.
Today, 6-Dec-2017, Vladimir Putin said: “I will put forward my candidacy for the post of President of the Russian Federation”.
Recently, the Russian Economy sharply declined because of the annexation of Crimea which followed by the western sanctions in 2014. Additionally, the oil prices went down the same year. All these factors damaged the Russian Economy in one way or another.
The Russian Economy strongly depends on natural resources such as oil and gas.
According to the Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, the average monthly salary went down from $847 in 2013 to $558.
While Russians suffer from poverty, the Russian government pays off debts of several countries such as North Korea and Cuba totaling $43 billions.
Who is the main opposition?
The main opposition for Vladimir Putin is Alexei Navalny. Navalny is the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation.
He actively uses Social Media to promote his campaign. His documentary video “Do not call him Dimon” reached 25 millions of views where he exposed Dmitry Medvedev’s (current Prime Minister) “corruption formula”.
Navalny has organized many meetings and gatherings across the country and three times was jailed this year, 2017.
He is important candidate in the 2018 elections after Vladimir Putin.
Kseniya Sobchak! She is a presenter and journalist for the TV Rain and willing to participate in the upcoming elections.
She has created a unique campaign logo: “Sobchak is against All”.
Her first campaign video went viral on Social Media and even in the Russian Federal TVs.
In my opinion, there will be a small window of opportunity for her to win in these elections, “if” she gets 300,000 signatures. She has got 66,780 signatures so far.
Are there any fair elections:
I contacted with a sharp critic of Vladimir Putin, Garry Kasparov, through Twitter.
I asked him: What do you think of Navalny? Will he succeed in the elections 2018?
He answered: “I admire the courage of every Russian who stands up against repression. But there are no elections in Russia today.”
There is no exact answer to this question, but “the most probable” candidate remains the current President, Vladimir Putin.
Meanwhile, I am not sure enough to conclude, because 2018 FIFA Football Cup is ahead. It may turn the table. Maybe not…