March 2, 2008 Held

Russian Federation

Russian Federation

Election for Russian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:102,767,070
Valid Votes:73,731,116
Invalid Votes:29,035,954

Vote Share by Candidate:

Dmitry Anatolyevich MEDVEDEV52,530,712


Gennady Andreyevich ZYUGANOV13,243,550


Vladimir Volfovich ZHIRINOVSKY6,988,510


Andrey Vladimirovich BOGDANOV968,344

Election Results Modified: Feb 26, 2008

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Russia

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Vladimir Vladimirovich PUTIN
  • Head of Government: Premier Viktor Alekseyevich ZUBKOV
  • Assembly: Russia has a bicameral Federal Assembly (Federalnoye Sobraniye) consisting of the Federation Council (Sovet Federatsii) with 168 seats and the State Duma (Gosudarstvennaya Duma) with 450 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 4-year term.
  • The Premier is appointed by the president.
  • In the Federation Council (Sovet Federatsii) 168 members are appointed by regional governing councils to serve 4-year terms*. In the State Duma (Gosudarstvennaya Duma) 450 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.**

* Members appointed by the top executive and legislative officials in each of the 84 federal administrative units.

** Seats are allocated using the Hare quota. There is one, nationwide district and a minimum threshold of 7%.

Main Candidates in the Presidential race:

  • Dmitry Anatolyevich MEDVEDEV
    • Party: United Russia
  • Andrey Vladimirovich BOGDANOV
    • Party: Democratic Party of Russia
  • Vladimir Volfovich ZHIRINOVSKY
    • Party: Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR)
  • Gennady Andreyevich ZYUGANOV
    • Party: Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF)

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 142,742,350 (2008)
  • Registered Voters: 107,222,016 (March 2008 according to Central Election Commission results)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 76,551,471 (2008)

·         Is Russia a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Russia ratified CEDAW: Yes (23 January 1981)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 63 (State Duma) following the 2007 elections

·         Human Development Index Position: 50 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A

Disability Data:

·         Is Russia a signatory to CRPD: Yes (24 September 2008)

·         Has Russia ratified CRPD: Yes (25 September 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 21,411,352 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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