There is no question surrounding the outcome of the 2018 Russian presidential election. However, the election campaign will prove interesting nonetheless. Incumbent Vladimir Putin’s platform remains a mystery, while the Kremlin is preparing to transfer power to the next generation and has already started to replace the political elite. Meanwhile, a group of eclectic candidates, including controversial television personality Ksenia Sobchak, populist blogger Alexei Navalny, and little-known communist businessman Pavel Grudinin have officially and unofficially joined the race.
As campaign season gains momentum, the Carnegie Moscow Center presents a series of publications about the 2018 presidential election to shed light on what is likely the last cycle with Putin officially in the mix.