The Presidential Elections - 2012 in Russia.
On March the 4th, 2012, Russians have chosen the fourth President of Russia. The majority of Russians voted for the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the head of the party United Russia. More than 45.5 million people gave him their voices. Second place went to Gennady Zyuganov, the chairman of the Communist Party. The third place took businessman and independent candidate, Mikhail Prokhorov. On the fourth place was the head of the Liberal Democratic Party Vladimir Zhirinovsky. The last in the list of the candidates for president of Russiawas the head of the partyajust Russia Sergeimironov. Inauguration of the President will be held on May the 7th, 2012. Candidates for the presidency ofrussia. Five candidates were officially registered in the elections of 2012 - four representatives of registered political parties and one independent candidate. Vladimir Putin, 59, was initially considered the favorite in the election. His candidacy was supported by the ruling United Russia party. Thanks to this party Putin got a parliamentary privilege that gave him a right to register without the signatures of voters. It should be noted, that in 2008 Putin accepted a nomination to become the party's leader, but refused to become a member of it. Moreover, the party was strongly discredited in recent years and the Prime Minister has tried to distance himself from it by setting up the All-russian People's Front as his support foundation. A famous film director Stanislav Govorukhin led his campaign. So this time therewas no extensive use of "United Russia's bear symbol" in campaigning for Vladimir Putin. Putin's election program includes pledges to modernize the country and create 25 million jobs over the next 20 years. The main opponent of Vladimir Putin was Gennady Zyuganov, 67, who is a Russian politician, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation and deputy of the State Duma. His main economic goal is to nationalize Russia's natural resources, defence sector and agriculture which are in crisis now. Zyuganov is a veteran of presidential campaigning, having stood three times previously. And, on each occasion, he was the runner-up. At this time he also didn't change the tradition. Great interest was aroused by the results of the youngest candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, 46, Russian billionaire and owner of the Onexim Group investment fund. According to the Forbes rating he is Russia's third richest man. Mikhail Prokhorov is the only applicant who was successfully registered as an independent presidential candidate for the 2012 Russian presidential elections. Thus, he had to create a group of voters in an amount not less than 500 citizens of the Russian Federation, as well as to submit to thecentral Election Commission at least 2 million signatures (it is important, that one subject of the Russian Federation should have no more than 50 000 signatures). More than 5.7 million people voted for the newcomer of the presidential elections, and he took the third place in the presidential race. His main proponents were young professionals and the emerging middle class.