Who can be president?

In childhood, we believed that each of us could become president. Having matured, we realized that not everything is as simple as we would like. It turns out, as in any other profession, there are limitations. Let's see who can be president?


According to the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the requirements for a presidential candidate are as follows:

  • you must be a citizen of the Russian Federation;
  • live on the territory of the Russian Federation for the last 10 years;
  • be at least 35 years old;
  • not to be president for more than two terms in a row.

The exception is citizens who are serving a sentence in places of deprivation of liberty by a court sentence, and also recognized as incapable. At the same time, religious and political convictions, nationality, education, or occupation do not affect the right to run for president.

However, these requirements reflect only the legal side of the issue. What about moral qualities?

About what should be the president and for how long the president is elected, has already been written earlier. We only recall that the president should, among other things, have such qualities as intelligence, morality, justice, fairness, etc., and also have special education.This is not surprising, because the presidency is one of the most responsible and honorable in the country.


All these requirements are suitable for many of us. But, you see, there is no question of you or your friend becoming president. So how are things really? In practice, we see that in order to become president, completely different conditions are necessary.

In the first place - it is proximity to power. In Russia, there is a tradition to “appoint” a successor, that is, to actually transfer power to a specific person. Thus, the chances of a candidate close to the president winning an election increase significantly. Also important is the use of the so-called administrative resource. So, officials and people close to the government have more opportunities to campaign using media and various administrative mechanisms.

On top of that, you need to have a lot of capital. A rich person has much more opportunities to successfully campaign, while a middle-income person does not have enough money even for the collateral amount.

Its popularity and popularity among the people can be used to increase the chances of winning. For the people "from the side" the people will hardly give their vote.

In addition, you must have a large political force or party. As practice has shown, often presidential candidates are representatives of certain political forces that already have their “starting” electorate. A non-party candidate is significantly less likely to win.

Given the above, we can conclude that the ordinary citizen of the Russian Federation has very little chance to make his childhood dream come true. But maybe it's for the best? After all, being a president is not an easy task.

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