Putin’s power – why Russia’s election matters

World

As Russians go to the polls, the outcome is certainly already written as Vladimir Putin runs pretty much uncontested in his bid for a fifth term in office.

Opposition candidates were banned from standing, fled the country or are dead – like Mr Putin’s most prominent critic, Alexei Navalny.

So, what will another six years of rule mean for Russians, the war in Ukraine and the world?

On the Daily, Sky’s Tom Cheshire looks at the president’s grip on power over the years as he’s joined by our international correspondent Diana Magnay, who spent the past six years reporting from Moscow for us.

Plus, Tom talks to former British spy Christopher Steele – who previously ran MI6’s Russia desk – about what challenges to Mr Putin there could be.

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