Hundreds of Russian people have gathered at the Embassy of Russia in Hanoi to cast their ballots for the country’s president of the new tenure.
Russian expats and tourists in the Vietnamese capital arrived at the embassy on Sunday morning to cast their votes in the 2018 Presidential Election.
Aside from Hanoi, Russian nationals in Vietnam are able to join the election at six other locations, including Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Mui Ne and Nha Trang, Vung Tau, and Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang.
|Russian people attend the 2018 Presidential Election at the embassy in Hanoi on March 18, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
On March 18, almost 111 million Russian citizens are set to cast their votes to determine the country's president for the next six years.
The eight contenders include incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sergei Baburin from the All-People's Union party, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, Civil Initiative Party candidate Ksenia Sobchak, Communists of Russia Party chairman Maxim Suraykin, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, co-founder of the Yabloko Party Grigory Yavlinsky, and head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
|An employee at the Embassy of Russia in Hanoi checks the passports of voters. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
If no candidate attains an absolute majority of the votes (more than half) in the first round, then a second round will take place exactly three weeks later on April 8, 2018, according to the law.
However, President Putin is expected to win a fourth term in office with 69 percent of the vote, Reuters quoted findings of the latest survey by a state-run pollster.
|Voters choose their president inside a closed room. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|A Russian woman listens to the directions on how to cast her vote. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Russian Ambassador to Vietnam Konstantin Vnukov holds his ballot. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov casts his vote. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|A family reviews the list of candidates. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
|Two Russian tourists talk to the press after casting their ballots. Photo: Tuoi Tre|