The first round will be held on Sunday 18 March 2018. If in the first round no candidate attains an absolute majority of the votes (more than half), then according to the law, a second round will take place exactly three weeks later, on 8 April 2018.
On 6 December 2017, incumbent President Vladimir Putin announced that he would seek re-election for a second consecutive term and fourth term overall. Putin is widely expected to win and has consistently scored higher than 40%, and often much higher, in opinion polls since the last presidential election.
Putin bragged in a two-hour speech about new ICBM missiles, silent submarines and a nuclear-powered cruise missile. Putin also showed off a video animation of a nuclear attack on the USA.
Putin is trying to look like the strong leader of a relevant country that can still match the United States as a superpower. This is posturing for his domestic image.