Russia to move 2018 presidential vote to day marking seizure of Crimea

Moscow is planning on moving the date of the 2018 presidential election from March 11 to March 18, the day Russia celebrates its seizure of Crimea, RFE/RL reports. The Russian State Duma approved a bill on Wednesday that would change existing law so that the presidential election does not need to be held on the second Sunday of March. Observers say the Kremlin is pushing the date change in order to attract more votes for Putin.

 

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