This Sunday, almost 111 million Russian citizens voted for the country’s next president, while the official results of the vote will be announced tomorrow. 95% of ballots have been counted in Russia but overseas votes are still to come – as a reminder, the Russian diaspora is one of the largest in the world. Around 25 million Russians live abroad, who are eligible to vote at overseas polling stations.
Belgrade, Serbia. The Embassy is packed!
Russian nationals are electing the country’s head of state among eight contenders: Sergei Baburin from the All-People’s Union party; Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin; incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin; Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak; Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin; Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov; co-founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, and head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Putin is witnessing a career highlight.