The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18, 2018. The president of Russia will be elected for a six-year term. Eight candidates are taking part in the election, including the current President, Vladimir Putin.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has started a criminal investigation into Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on charges of barring Russian citizens from voting in Ukraine during the presidential elections on March 18.
Almost half of all Russians expect major national changes within the next year, following the March presidential election. The overwhelming majority of those expecting changes said they would be for the better.
The head of Russia’s Central Election Commission has revealed plans to introduce a blockchain-based system that would be protected from hacking and rigging, and which would be more convenient for voters.
President Vladimir Putin has thanked all Russians for re-electing him, promising deep and stable positive changes in everyone’s lives, and asking political opposition to abstain from populism in their criticism of authorities.