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Russian presidential election, 2017

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14 February 2017
→ 2023

26 majorities from the Republics of Russia
14 votes needed to win
  Dmitry Medvedev official large photo -1.jpg Gennady Zyuganov 2011.jpg
Nominee Dmitry Medvedev Gennady Zyuganov
Party United Russia New Socialist
Home state Saint Petersburg Volga
Running mate Grigory Yavlinsky Yury Afonin
States carried 13 13
Popular vote 41,765,890 43,676,748
Percentage 45.9% 48.0%

President before election

Dmitry Medvedev
United Russia

Elected President

Gennady Zyuganov
New Socialist

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

Dmitry Medvedev
United Russia
Gennady Zyuganov
New Socialist
Astrakhan
Belarus
Chechnya
East Siberia
Estonia
Finland
Hokkaido
Karelia
Kazakhstan
Krasnoyarsk
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Moldova
Moscow
North Caucusus
Poland
St Petersburg
Tajikistan
Transcaucasia
Turkmenistan
Uralia
Uzbekistan
Volga
Yakutia
Total 13/26 13/26
National Popular Vote 45.9% 48.0%
VICTOR Gennady Zyuganov
New Socialist


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