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Russian Presidential Elections

Moscow, Russia
15-19 March 2018

Russia will hold Presidential elections on 18 March 2018.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he will run for re-election as an independent candidate.  With recent polls indicating that around 73% of Russian voters support his candidacy, the poll is expected to be an easy win for the Russian leader.

Out of the five political parties with representation in Russia's parliament, only two have announced candidates for the election: Pavel Grudinin will run for Russia's Communist Party and the ultranationalist Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia will, as during previous elections, be represented by its leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky.  The other Parliamentary parties have all expressed their support for Mr. Putin.

Media star and TV-anchor Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of late former Saint-Petersburg mayor and Putin mentor Anatoliy Sobchak, is also expected to run.

Putin's most visible critic Alexey Navalny's application was turned down due to his 2013 conviction for embezzlement, which Mr. Navalny calls politically motivated.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON ACCESS TO THE RED SQUARE FEED POINT ON 18-MAR

ACCESS TO RED SQUARE WILL BE RESTRICTED ON 18-MAR FROM 15:00GMT ONWARDS. THE ONLY ACCESS POINT WILL BE FROM NIKOLSKAYA STREET. PLEASE ASK YOUR CORRESPONDENTS AND CREWS TO COME WELL IN TIME FOR THEIR LIVES SO THEY CAN BE ESCORTED TO THE STANDUP POSITION IF NEEDED.

Operation:

EUROVISION Special Events, in cooperation with RURTR, will offer live standup transmissions from

- Red Square with a backdrop of Red Square and St. Basil's cathedral;
- Central Elecction Commission
- EBU Moscow Office

Facilities:

  • HD/SD Standup positions for Live programme inserts
  • Two-camera studio transmissions (available upon request)
  • Playout
  • Tailored production and transmission packages
  • Connectivity to the Eurovision Global Network

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