The Russian presidential election of 2017 was the 19th sexennial Russian presidential election, held on Tuesday, 14 February 2017. The New Socialist ticket of Deputies Gennady Zyuganov and Yury Afonin defeated the United Russia ticket of incumbent President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and his running mate Vice President Grigory Yavlinsky. Zyuganov was inaugurated as the 12th President, and Afonin as the 11th Vice President, on 26 May 2017. Concurrent with the presidential election, Council, Duma, and many gubernatorial, state and local elections were also held on 14 February.
The president and vice president were elected through a direct popular vote; the winner of the presidency was determined by the number of republics each candidate was able to achieve a majority in. For this election, a candidate had to win the majority in at least 14 republics to achieve victory. A rare use of the national popular vote came into play when neither candidate was able to secure the State Majority, with the last republic to be declared, Chechnya, creating a 13-13 tie. With Zyuganov securing a 2.1% lead on Medvedev, he narrowly achieved an electoral victory, becoming the President-elect of Russia.
This was the first time since United Russia's formation in 1978 that it has lost a presidential election; it is also the first time since the New Socialists' establishment in 1989 that its candidate has won the presidency. It is the also first time since 1978 that Saint Petersburg has voted against UR.
Results by Republic
|National Popular Vote||45.9%||48.0%|