Bear Market Brief / On September 10th, 16 Russian regions will hold gubernatorial elections. Nearly all of the leading candidates were named acting governors by Vladimir Putin either this year or last, and there is little doubt that they will secure victory. But the vote, less than a year before the presidential election, will represent a key test for the Kremlin and its gubernatorial favorites. Here’s everything you need to know about the elections, the people running in them, and the regions in which they’re occurring.
Where are they happening?
Elections are being held in 16 regions, or more accurately, 15 regions and one city. Sevastopol, like Saint Petersburg, has a governor instead of a mayor. These regions range geographically from the western enclave of Kaliningrad to the Buryatia region (which borders Mongolia), and well most are economically less well off, a few regions such as Belgorod, Sverdlovsk or Tomsk are doing a bit better.