About 110 million voters were given the chance to choose a president for Russia, and the spotlight is on one man – Vladimir Putin. He has led the country for almost two decades – either as president or prime minister.
Many voters credit Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy, with standing up for Russia’s interests. But others say there is no alternative.
The election comes at a time when relations with the US are compared to the Cold War and Moscow is accused of poisoning a spy in Britain.
So what do Russians expect from their leader?
Presenter: Laura Kyle
Pavel Felgen-haeur – columnist with Novaya Gazetta
Anna Borsh-chevskaya – fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
James Nixey – head of the Russia and Eurasia programme at the foreign affairs think-tank, Chatham House
Source: Al Jazeera News