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Voting Begins for Presidential Election in Russia (Picture courtesy – Kremlin.ru [CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
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. Navalny has called for a boycott of the election.

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. With UK, Russia are engaged in accusation battle regarding a Russian ex-spy, his daughter and a police offiver were poisoned in Britain. British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” the Kremlin was behind the attack. Both countries have expelled diplomats in the days that followed.

United States has imposed new sanctions of Russia in the light of its cyberattacks and role in the 2016 presidential election.

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