Just weeks from Russia’s presidential election, the race is heating up dramatically, according to Kremlin polls.


(Who needs an independent pollster, anyway?)


Incumbent Vladimir Putin has seen his ratings fall 5.6% since September—to just 69.5%.


Multimillionaire Communist candidate (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) Pavel Grudinin has wowed voters with his straight-talking, hitting a whopping 7.5%.

百万富翁兼共产主义候选人(觉得双重身份很违和?是你图森破了)帕维尔。Pavel Grudinin的率直赢得了选民的芳心,达到了惊人的7.5%。

(Although private polls reportedly say 15%.)

(尽管据Pavel Grudinin单方面统计,支持率为15%。)

Grudinin faces a tough challenge from the voter poll option “Don’t Know/Can’t Say,” which has doubled its numbers since September—now at 10.6%.


There’s a vicious race below that between far-right racist (and old Trump acquaintance) Vladimir Zhirinovsky, opposition socialite Ksenia Sobchak, and perennial liberal candidate Grigory Yavlinsky.

极右种族主义者 Vladimir Zhirinovsky(也是川普的一个老铁),反对派社会名流 Ksenia Sobchak,以及常任自由派候选人Grigory Yavlinsky,都将卷入这场恶斗。

Who will mop up the 7.6% they share between them right now?



The bookmakers are giving Putin odds of 1/100, but, really, is anyone a safe bet in this turbulent campaign?