Russia's 2024 Presidential Election: A Prelude to Putin's Potential Extension

03.17.24 10:07 AM

Votes cast in the shadow,
Eyes on the Kremlin's tower,
Fate's wheel turns again.

The Russian Federation is gearing up for a crucial presidential election on March 17, 2024, amid constitutional amendments that could enable President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. The Federation Council's unanimous decision to set the election date has initiated the campaign season, with this election including, for the first time, residents from annexed Ukrainian territories, underscoring the geopolitical stakes involved.

Controversies have already marred the pre-election phase, particularly the disqualification of opposition candidates like Boris Nadezhdin, who was barred due to alleged irregularities but is widely believed to have been excluded for his anti-war stance. The death of Alexei Navalny, another prominent opposition figure, in jail under suspicious circumstances further highlights the repressive political climate.

International observers have expressed skepticism regarding the election's fairness, anticipating a process dominated by Putin amidst increasing political repressions following Russia's full-scale war with Ukraine in 2022. The election not only tests the Russian political fabric but also its ramifications on international relations and security.

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