Russians think Putin will win and don’t expect government changes
The Russians are expected to elect Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as president on Sunday for a third historic term. Muscovites doubt that something will change in the country after the elections.
Voting has already begun in some regions of Russia, while Muscovites are pondering who they will fill out their ballots for during Sunday’s presidential elections. Four opposition candidates compete with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, although people are often convinced that none of the four has a single chance against what many believe is an authoritarian leader who was already president from 2000 to 2008..
According to the most recent independent opinion poll conducted by the Levada Center before the elections, Putin is expected to win with 62-66% of the vote, thus avoiding a humiliating second round..
Muscovite Lyusine chose not to give her last name. She said she was confident in Putin’s victory, and nothing would change with his victory in Russia.
“I do not expect any important changes, or any changes in the country at all, because I think that Putin will win,” she said, and added that changes only happen when Putin decides to change something..
Recent polls have shown that 80% of Russians believe that Putin will regain the presidency, 57% are sure that he is the real leader of the country, despite the fact that Dmitry Medvedev is the president..
Alexey, who also does not want to give his last name, says that this opinion is very common among Russians..
“I am not a pessimist or an optimist – I am a realist and do not expect any major changes,” said Alexey.
On the other hand, Putin faces unprecedented protests against the United Russia party and his return to the presidency.
Hundreds of thousands of Russians have taken to the streets across the country since United Russia won parliamentary elections in December. The protesters claim that the ruling party won by rigging elections and stealing votes – accusations that United Russia categorically denies.
The result, thinks Lyubov from Moscow, will be that massive anti-government demonstrations will follow Putin’s victory..
“I think that after the elections there will be a financial and political crisis and a crisis of power,” says Lyubov.
If he wins the elections, Putin will become the second long-lived Kremlin ruler since Leonid Brezhnev.
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