Low-cost election is good for taxpayer
Dmitry Medvedev won by a landslide, but spent only $US 1.55 million on advertising and promotion. Given that 52.53 million people voted for him, each vote cost just three cents.
Of the four candidates, Liberal Democrat leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky spent the most. His expenses amounted to $US 6.6 million.
In total, $US 17 million was spent on promotion.
The candidates didn't spend all the money availablej, and $US 8 million is expected to be returned to the state budget.