Putin expected to win fifth term in first election since Ukraine invasion

by ian

Russia’s three-day presidential election begins today, and Vladimir Putin is expected to secure a historic fifth term.

Multiple changes to Russia’s constitution have allowed Putin to stay in power since 1999. Putin is all but certain to win against three challengers, none of whom has criticized him. The vote comes a month after opposition leader Alexey Navalny died in a Moscow prison under mysterious circumstances.

Today also marks the first election since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has helped Putin tighten his grip on power and has appeared to boost his popularity.

Should Putin finish a new six-year term, he will overtake Josef Stalin as Russia’s longest-sitting ruler since the 18th century.