Watch again: Russians head to polls on day two of presidential election

Lucy Leeson
Sunday 17 March 2024 06:52 GMT

Watch again as Russians headed to the polls on the second day of the country’s presidential election on Saturday (16 March).

The sham election is widely expected to confirm Vladimir Putin’s fifth term of presidency, set to last for at least another six years.

It is a stage-managed vote that will take place in parts of Ukraine now controlled by Russian forces.

At least half a dozen cases of vandalism at polling stations have already been reported, including a firebombing, as citizens voted.

Citizens will choose between four candidates, including Mr Putin, between 15 and 17 March.

Russia’s population is around 143.4 million. 112.3 million people have the right to vote in the election and around 70-80 million people usually cast ballots.

Putin, 71, faces little competition; his opponents are either in jail or in exile abroad, and the most prominent - Alexei Navalny - died in a remote Arctic penal colony last month.

Three other candidates are low-profile politicians from token opposition parties that abide by the Kremlin’s line.

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