Russian presidential election, 2000

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Russian presidential election, 2000
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26 March 2000 → 2004

  Vladimir Putin-5 edit.jpg Gennady Zyuganov 2012-05-01.jpg GAYavlinskiy.jpg
Nominee Vladimir Putin Gennady Zyuganov Grigory Yavlinsky
Party Independent Communist Party Yabloko
Home state Saint Petersburg Oryol Oblast Lviv Oblast (now Ukraine)
Popular vote 39,740,467 21,928,468 4,351,450
Percentage 53.4% 29.5% 5.9%

Acting President before election

Vladimir Putin


Vladimir Putin

Presidential elections were held in Russia on 26 March 2000.[1] Incumbent Prime Minister and acting President Vladimir Putin, who had succeeded Boris Yeltsin on his resignation on 31 December 1999, was seeking a four-year term in his own right and won the elections in the first round. Polling stations were opened from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


A total of 33 candidates were nominated; 15 submitted the application forms to the Central Electoral Committee, and ultimately 12 candidates were registered. One of them withdrew shortly before the deadline, so 11 candidates took part in the elections: Vladimir Putin, Gennady Zyuganov, Grigory Yavlinsky, Amangeldy Tuleyev, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Konstantin Titov, Ella Pamfilova, Stanislav Govorukhin, Yury Skuratov, Alexey Podberezkin, and Umar Dzhabrailov.


Putin's campaign press service announced that he decided not to use the free radio and television time provided to all candidates and not to take part in TV debates. A number of other candidates explained this as a refusal to clarify his position on various controversial issues. However, during the campaign Putin often appeared on TV screens as a newsmaker.[2]


The decision to conduct the presidential elections also in Chechnya was perceived as controversial by many observers due to the military campaign and security concerns.[3] The legislative elections held on 19 December 1999 had been suspended in Chechnya for these reasons.

The PACE observers delegation concluded that "the unequal access to television was one of the main reasons for a degree of unfairness of the campaign" and that "independent media have come under increasing pressure and that media in general, be they State-owned or private, failed to a large extent to provide impartial information about the election campaign and candidates."[2]

The PACE delegation also reported that the media got more and more dominated by politically influential owners. The TV channel ORT launched a slanderous campaign against Yavlinsky's image as his ratings started to rise sharply, and broadcasters generally nearly ignored candidates who did not fulfil interests of their owners. One of the main independent broadcasters, NTV, was subject to increasing financial and administrative pressure during the electoral campaign.

There were also many allegedly serious forgeries reported that could affect Putin's victory in the first round.[4][5]


Candidate Party Votes %
Vladimir Putin Independent 39,740,467 53.4
Gennady Zyuganov Communist Party 21,928,468 29.5
Grigory Yavlinsky Yabloko 4,351,450 5.9
Aman Tuleyev Independent 2,217,364 3.0
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Liberal Democratic Party 2,026,509 2.7
Konstantin Titov Independent[a] 1,107,269 1.5
Ella Pamfilova For Civic Dignity 758,967 1.0
Stanislav Govorukhin Independent 328,723 0.4
Yury Skuratov Independent 319,189 0.4
Alexey Podberezkin Spiritual Heritage 98,177 0.1
Umar Dzhabrailov Independent 78,498 0.1
Against all 1,414,673 1.9
Invalid/blank votes 701,016
Total 75,070,770 100
Registered voters/turnout 109,372,043 68.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, University of Essex

a Titov was unofficially aligned with the Union of Rightist Forces.[6]

Putin’s highest official result was in Ingushetia - 85.42%, his lowest achievement was in neighbouring Chechnya – 29.65%, Zyuganov’s results ranged from 47.41% in the Lipetsk region to 4.63% in Ingushetia, Yavlinsky’s results ranged from 18.56% in Moscow to 0.42% in Dagestan, Zhirinovsky’s results ranged from 6.13% in the Kamchatka region to 0.29% in Ingushetia.[7]