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Russian presidential election, 1991

Russian presidential election, 1991

12 June 1991

Nominee Boris Yeltsin Nikolai Ryzhkov
Party Independent CPSU
Running mate Alexander Rutskoy Boris Gromov
Popular vote 45,552,041 13,359,335
Percentage 58.6% 17.2%

President before election


Elected President

Boris Yeltsin

Presidential elections were held in the Russian SFSR on 12 June 1991.[1] They were first presidential election in the country's history and followed a referendum on an elected president held in March. The result was a victory for Boris Yeltsin, who received 58.6% of the vote.[2] Although Yeltsin ran as an independent, he was supported by Democratic Russia.[3]


Presidential candidate Vice-presidential candidate Party Votes %
Boris Yeltsin Alexander Rutskoy Independent 45,552,041 58.6
Nikolai Ryzhkov Boris Gromov Communist Party of the Soviet Union 13,395,335 17.2
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Andrey Zavidiya Liberal Democratic Party of the Soviet Union 6,211,007 8.0
Aman Tuleyev Viktor Bocharov Communist Party of the Soviet Union 5,417,464 7.0
Albert Makashov Aleksei Sergeyev Communist Party of the Soviet Union 2,969,511 3.8
Vadim Bakatin Ramazan Abdulatipov Communist Party of the Soviet Union 2,719,757 3.5
Against all 1,525,410 2.0
Invalid/blank votes 1,716,757
Total 79,507,282 100
Registered voters/turnout 106,484,518 74.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, University of Essex, Voice of Russia


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1642 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1659
  3. ^ Presidential elections in Russia Voice of Russia
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