Where do the candidates stand?

An in-depth look at where Russia's presidential candidates stand on foreign policy, the economy and more.

    The grid below shows where Russia's five presidential candidates stand on a range of issues, from foreign policy to the country's looming "demographic crisis".

    The entries shown gives you a short summary of their views; hover over any cell in the grid for more detailed information.


    Vladimir Putin

    United Russia

    Gennady Zyuganov


    Sergey Mironov

    Just Russia

    Mikhail Prokhorov


    Vladimir Zhirinovsky

    Liberal Democratic

    Foreign policy Tension with the West and some of Russia's near neighbours; modernising the military. Eliminate NATO, wary of WTO; strengthen the United Nations, regional alliances. A pragmatist: Close ties with the US and with former Soviet states. Somewhat protectionist, but focused on expanding Russian ties with the EU. Brash: Calls to reoccupy former Soviet states; suspend foreign aid; "stop indulging the West."
    Immigration Rejects multiculturalism but argues that Russia is a "multinational" state. More relaxed views on immigration controls than other candidates. Social welfare benefits for migrants. Tighten the visa rules for Asian immigrants, and relax them for members of the OECD. Warns of "the destruction of the Russian people."
    Health Higher salaries for doctors; better monitoring of their performance. Free healthcare through a nationalised system. Social welfare state with a universal right to health care. Free preventive care, and free treatment in case of emergencies. Focus on "quality healthcare"; emphasis on senior citizens.
    Economy Rejects isolationism; aims to close the rich-poor gap through taxes and social welfare. Restore the Soviet system of socialism. Nationalise resource production; progressive taxation. Increase competition, more job creation, tax overhaul. Vague.
    Education Higher salaries for teachers; more training opportunities for low-skilled workers. Free, high-quality education. Social welfare state with a universal right to education. Higher standards for teachers; no "political, ethnic or religious hand" in curriculum. Better vocational training, more scholarships.
    Housing Promises a 20 per cent drop in housing costs. Public authority for housing, limits on service fees. Vague. Public housing programmes in cities with large populations. State-assisted loans to help families buy homes.
    Demographics Incentives for women to have large families; programmes to combat male alcoholism. n/a Healthcare programmes to increase fertility and lower mortality. Increase benefits for families. Problem is "social, not natural."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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