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Finno-Ugric republics of Russia supported Putin once again

Three days of presidential elections in the Russian Federation are over. The people of the Finno-Ugric republics have once again backed Vladimir Putin, but this time he won a lower percentage of the vote than in the country as a whole – 87.33% in the Russian Federation.

Vladimir Putin in Saransk in 2012. (Source:

Overall, however, Putin received more votes this time than in 2018. As you would expect, in percentage terms, the Republic of Mordovia received the most votes, with 89.57% of voters supporting Putin, followed by the Republic of Mari Republic with 84.24%; the Republic of Udmurtia with 81.83%, the Komi Republic with 80.49% and the Republic of Karelia with 76.52%. So Karelia has the least support for Putin among the Finno-Ugric republics, the statistics show.

At the same time, it is striking that in Komi, Karelia and Udmurtia relatively few people voted, for example 58.52% of the potential electorate in Komi, 60.21% in Karelia and 62.55% in Udmurtia. This is significantly lower turnout than in 2018. In Mordovia, on the other hand, 84.97% of voters went to the polls. So we can see big differences between the Finno-Ugric republics. Indeed, the more the population is mobile and has access to different information channels, the more we can see a certain protest mentality. Non-participation in elections certainly shows protest.

Of the other presidential candidates in the Russian Federation, one might have thought that Nikolai Kharitonov, a representative of the Communist Party, would have won a relatively large number of votes in the Finno-Ugric republics, but this was not the case. The best result was achieved by the representative of the New People party, Vladislav Davankov, who won 8.48% of the vote in Karelia.

Compared to 2018, the number of spoilt ballot papers in the Finno-Ugric republics was twice as high. That is a sign.

The data provided is still to be confirmed by the Russian Central Election Commission.