Seven in presidential election fight
Seven candidates will be standing for the presidential election on 4th March with nominations closing yesterday. The only serious runner is Vladimir Putin, the current prime minister and former president. He is reported to have around 42% of the vote according to the Levada Centre.
Three of the remaining candidates are the leaders of the three other parties in the state Duma, a party leader of a party currently without representation (Yabloko), a regional governor and a billionaire businessman standing as an independent.
The remaining candidates are not likely to score many votes individually. The Levada Centre puts the second contender, Gennady Zyuganov on 9%. The only real question is whether Putin will be able to avoid a runoff by getting more than 50% of the vote in the first round.
The other six candidates are:
Gennady Zyuganov, Communist Party
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR)
Sergei Mironov, A Just Russia Party
Grigori Yavlinsky, Yabloko party
Dmitry Mezentsevan, Governor of Irkutsk region
Mikhail Prokhorov, independent.