Russian presidential election, 1996
Presidential elections were held in Russia
Russia or , officially known as both Russia and the Russian Federation , is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects...

 in 1996. Incumbent Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Boris Yeltsin
Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was the first President of the Russian Federation, serving from 1991 to 1999.Originally a supporter of Mikhail Gorbachev, Yeltsin emerged under the perestroika reforms as one of Gorbachev's most powerful political opponents. On 29 May 1990 he was elected the chairman of...

 was seeking a four-year term after officially winning the 1991 presidential election
Russian presidential election, 1991
Presidential elections were held in the Russian Federation on 12 June 1991. It was the first presidential election in the country's history. Boris Yeltsin was elected President of the Russian SFSR. His running-mate, Alexander Rutskoi, became Vice-President....

. The first round was held on 16 June 1996. Boris Yeltsin and Communist challenger Gennady Zyuganov
Gennady Zyuganov
Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov is a Russian politician, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation , Chairman of the Union of Communist Parties - Communist Party of the Soviet Union , deputy of the State Duma , and a member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe...

 met in the runoff round on 3 July; they finished first and second in the first round on 16 June with 35% and 32% of the vote respectively. Yeltsin won the second round with 53% of the vote compared to Zyuganov's 40%. The inauguration ceremony took place on 9 August.

See also

  • History of post-Soviet Russia#The 1996 presidential election
  • The election was chronicled in the movie Spinning Boris
    Spinning Boris
    Spinning Boris is a 2003 comedy movie starring Jeff Goldblum, Anthony LaPaglia and Liev Schreiber. It was directed by Roger Spottiswoode. In the film, a Russian political elite hires American consultants to help with Boris Yeltsin's reelection campaign when his approval rating is down to single...

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