On March 17, 2024, Vladimir Putin clinched yet another presidential term in Russia, marking his fifth tenure as the nation’s leader. This victory, however, was overshadowed by widespread criticism regarding the legitimacy of the election process. With no serious contenders allowed to challenge him, Putin’s triumph seemed predestined, leaving many both within and outside of Russia pondering the state of democracy in the country. This blog post delves into the details of the 2024 Russian presidential election, examining how Putin maintains his grip on power, the reaction of the Russian populace, and the future trajectory of Russia under his prolonged rule.

Election Overview

The election spanned from March 15 to March 17, 2024, with early voting beginning on February 26 for residents in remote regions. This extended voting period also controversially included four Ukrainian oblasts that Russia has illegally annexed. The ballot featured four candidates, but only Putin was considered a genuine contender. The voting process in major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg went smoothly, with a significant show of state-organized support, while in annexed Ukrainian territories, the atmosphere was tenser and more coercive.

Putin’s Unchallenged Ascendancy

The lack of genuine electoral competition is a critical aspect of Putin’s sustained control. Over the years, potential rivals have either been systematically sidelined or faced severe repression. For instance, Boris Nadin, who proposed ending the conflict in Ukraine and restoring fundamental governmental institutions, was barred from the election due to minor technicalities in his application.

Public Sentiment and Controlled Opposition

While the election’s legitimacy is highly questionable, it is essential to recognize that Putin does enjoy a certain level of genuine support among the Russian populace. This support can be attributed to several factors, including effective state propaganda and a lack of robust alternative political voices. Candidates allowed to run are typically either non-threatening to Putin’s power or echo his policies closely, thus giving an illusion of choice while ensuring the status quo remains unchallenged.

The International Perspective and Future Implications

Internationally, Putin’s re-election has been met with skepticism and concern. This election reaffirms the authoritarian trajectory of Russian politics under Putin, where democratic norms are continually eroded. Looking ahead, Putin’s continued rule is likely to further strain relations with Western nations and intensify the focus on strengthening military and strategic ties with countries like China and Iran.


The 2024 election underscores the autocratic nature of Putin’s regime, where electoral outcomes are predetermined, and opposition is stifled. As Putin embarks on his fifth term, the international community remains wary of his unchecked authority, which poses significant challenges for global diplomacy and security. Inside Russia, while some citizens still support Putin, the need for genuine political reform and democratization grows increasingly urgent.


Q: Was the 2024 Russian presidential election free and fair? A: No, the 2024 election was widely criticized for its lack of genuine competition and freedom. Most serious contenders were either barred from running or faced significant repression, making the election more of a ceremonial reappointment of Putin.

Q: How does Putin maintain control over Russian politics? A: Putin’s control is maintained through a combination of legal restrictions, suppression of opposition, and extensive use of state media to shape public perception. This ensures that any potential challenges to his rule are minimized or neutralized.

Q: What does Putin’s re-election mean for global politics? A: Putin’s continued leadership is likely to result in sustained tensions between Russia and Western nations, particularly over issues like the conflict in Ukraine and geopolitical influence. His regime will continue to seek stronger alliances with non-Western countries to counterbalance Western sanctions and diplomatic pressures.

Q: How do Russians feel about Putin’s leadership? A: Public opinion in Russia is mixed. While there is significant support for Putin, partly due to state propaganda, there is also a growing discontent among those who desire more democratic freedoms and less corruption. However, expressing dissent is increasingly difficult and dangerous in Putin’s Russia.

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By Ryan Hite

Ryan Hite is an American author, content creator, podcaster, and media personality. He was born on February 3, 1993, in Colorado and spent his childhood in Conifer, Colorado. He moved to Littleton in 2000 and spent the remainder of his schooling years in the city. Upon graduation from Chatfield Senior High School in 2011, he attended the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated from the university in 2015 after studying Urban Planning, Business Administration, and Religious Studies. He spent more time in Colorado in the insurance, real estate, and healthcare industries. In 2019, he moved to Las Vegas, NV, where he continued to work in healthcare, insurance, and took his foray into media full time in 2021. His first exposure to the media industry came as a result of the experiences he had in his mid to late teens and early twenties. In 2013, he was compelled to collect a set of stories from his personal experiences and various other writings that he has had. His first book, a 365,000-word epic, Through Minds Eyes, was published in collaboration with Balboa Press. That initial book launched a media explosion. He learned all that he could about creating websites, marketing his published works, and would even contemplate the publication of other works as well. This book also inspired him to create his philosophy, his life work, that still influences the values that he holds in his life. Upon graduating college, he had many books published, blogs and other informative websites uploaded, and would embark on his continued exploration of the world of marketing, sales, and becoming an influencer. Of course, that did not come without challenges that would come his way. His trial-and-error approach of marketing himself and making himself known guided him through his years as a real estate agent, an insurance agent, and would eventually create a marketing plan from scratch with a healthcare startup. The pandemic did not initially create too many challenges to the status quo. Working from home did not affect the quality of his life. However, a series of circumstances such as continued website problems, social media shutdowns, and unemployment, caused him to pause everything between late 2020 and mid-2021. It was another period of loss of momentum and purpose for his life as he tried to navigate the world, as many people may have felt at that time. He attempted to find purpose in insurance again, resulting in failure. There was one thing that sparked his curiosity and would propel him to rediscover the thing that was gone from his life for so long. In 2021, he started his journey by taking on a full-time job in the digital media industry, an industry that he is still a part of today. It was at this point that he would also shut down the rest of the media that he had going at the time. In 2023, he announced that he would be embarking on what has become known as PROJECT30. This initiative will result in the reformation of websites, the reinvigoration of social media accounts, the creation of a Youtube channel and associated podcast, the creation of music, and the continued rediscovery of his creative potential. Unlike past projects, the purpose of this would not expound on the musings of a philosophy, the dissemination of useless news and articles, or the numerous attempts to be someone that he was not. This project is going to be about his authentic self. There are many ways to follow him as he embarks on this journey. Most of all, he wants everyone to be entertained, informed, and, in some ways, maybe a little inspired about the flourishing of the creativity that lies within the mind and soul of Ryan.

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