The presidential election started in Yekaterinburg at 8.00 a.m. local time, two hours before Moscow.
Traditionally, high ranking politicians are voting in the morning, in presence of media and TV. Igor Kholmanskikh, presidential envoy to Ural Federal District, voted at a polling location in the city center around 10 a.m.
The locations are equipped with 2 types of ballot-boxes: a traditional transparent box, and a box with automatic scan function. Video observation is another feature. The closing time is set for 8 p.m., but the first results will be announced not earlier than 11.00 p.m. local time, after the polls in Kaliningrad, in the country’s West, close.
The intrigue remains the voter turnout and the result of Ksenia Sobchak, a young woman and the most outspoken candidate during the election campaign.