Voting begins for presidential election in Russia

ANI | Updated: Mar 18, 2018 03:01 IST

Moscow [Russia], Mar 18 (ANI): Russians on Sunday began voting in the presidential election, in which President Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term.

According to the CNN, polls have opened in the Far East, and 109 million voters are eligible to cast ballots across the 11 time zones of the world's biggest country.

As per the CNN report, this is going to be a one-sided election as widely expected to cement President Vladimir Putin's power for another six years.

Despite a lacklustre campaign period, Putin is the clear front-runner as Putin's fiercest political opponent, Alexei Navalny, has been barred from competing

It is expected that this election is going to be a repeat of the 2012 election with Putin-dominating.

This election is riding high on anti-West sentiments in the country as Russia is dealing with the diplomatic crisis with the United States and the United Kingdom. (ANI)