Presidential election: the intrigues are revealed

A combination picture shows candidates in the Russian 2018 presidential election, (top, L-R) Vladimir Putin, Pavel Grudinin, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Ksenia Sobchak, (bottom, L-R) Grigory Yavlinsky, Sergei Baburin, Boris Titov, Maxim Suraikin. REUTERS/Staff/Files

Vladimir Putin wins the election with preliminary 76%, which is few percents above expectations. The second and third places went to the Communist Party’s candidate Pavel Grudinin (11%) and Populist Vladimir Zhirinovsky (6%), similar picture to the previous elections.

The real intrigues were the voter turnout and the result of Ksenia Sobchak, a young woman and the most outspoken candidate during the campaign. Here are the preliminary numbers.

The voter turnout is at 67% coutrywide, and at 62% in the Sverdlovsk Region.

Ksenia Sobchak takes the 4th place with 1.67% in total, and 2.12% in the Sverdlovsk Region.

The numbers show that the demand for liberal values or for more tolerance for change ​​is low, nonetheless they could have been higher. A significant factor was, people did not see an alternative candidate, whom they can trust their voice.

In addition, it can be stated that the opposition candidates with liberal programs get in Yekaterinburg higher vote numbers than on country average. This is in line with the results of other elections. The same picture is noted in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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