Will Vladimir Putin's pursuit for the Presidency pay off? The other presidential election of 2012

The US presidential election is scheduled to be held in November 2012. The world will be watching with bated breath. Will President Obama survive another term? Will he be given another chance to lead the US economy out of its recession?

But there is another less publicized election that will be held earlier in the year that may also have wide ranging effects on the world. This is the Russian Presidential election scheduled for 4 March 2012. The contest will be between the candidate from the United Russia Party, ex-President Vladimir Putin and the current Secretary of the Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov.



Vladimir Putin was the President from 2000 until 2008. He had to step down due to a clause in the Russian Constitution that forbade the President to serve more than two consecutive terms.

His successor was Boris Yeltsin who eventually oversaw the breakup of the Soviet Union.  His reign was marred by allegations of widespread corruption. Boris Yeltsin died on 23 April 2007 and was succeeded by Dmitri Medvedev. It was Medvedev who proposed Vladimir Putin’s candidacy in the forthcoming presidential election. As Putin left office in 2008, it would be legal for him to become President again - if he won the election. At the time of writing, he faces only one other candidate for the Presidency, Gennady Zyuganov.

Assuming that there are only two candidates and their birth data is correct, who has the better prospects of winning the election?


Vladimir Putin: An unprecedented third term as President?


Vladimir Putin was born on a Yang Fire day in the autumn month of the Rooster. This means that his authority star is Yang Water. If his given hour of birth is correct, then he only has Yang Water seated above his Dragon year of birth.  He was born in the autumn season. Autumn season is said to be the growth stage of water. Furthermore, Dragon is said to be the storage of water. Therefore his water is strong. As water represents his power and authority, he can be said to have potential to hold high position.


At the age of 60, he is younger than Zyuganov. He is in the luck cycle of the Yang Fire Dragon. There is only Yin Water inside the Dragon, not the Yang Water which represents his power. But 2012 is also the year of the Yang Water Dragon. Therefore, water is very strong in 2012. The election will be held on 4 March 2012 which is the Yang Water Tiger month. These factors indicate that he will win the elections and probably by a wide margin.

Gennady Zyuganov: Down but not out?

Gennady Zyuganov was born on a Yin Metal day in the summer month of the Horse. His authority star is Yin Fire which is rooted in his Horse month. Assuming that his given hour of birth is correct, then he has Yin Fire only in his Horse month. As his fire is at peak strength in the summer month, this person also has potential to hold high office.


His age is 67 in 2011 which places him in the luck cycle of Yin Fire Ox. Although there is Yin Fire present, which represents his authority, this Fire is seated on top of the Ox which is a winter animal. This means that his fire is weak and may die out at any time. His authority is weak and he may be removed from power next year. In 2012, the Yang Water Dragon year will arrive, bringing with it strong water element. This water will extinguish his already weak fire. Furthermore, he was born in the Yang Fire Monkey hour when there is no Yin Fire. It is likely that he will lose the election.

Dmitri Medvedev: The weakest link of the trio?

The current Prime Minister, Dmitri Medvedev, was born on a Yin Metal day in the Rooster month. His authority star is Yin Fire which is rooted in his Goat day of birth. However, since he was born in the autumn season of the Rooster, his Fire is said to be weak. His hour of birth is not known.

He is not a candidate for the Presidential election. But assuming that Medvedev continues as Prime Minister under Putin, can they work together? Will Putin in turn support Medvedev?


At the age of 46, he is the youngest of the trio. Medvedev is currently in the luck cycle of Yang Metal Dragon. There is no Yin Fire found in this luck cycle. His authority is weak and may weaken even more in 2012 when the Yang Water Dragon year arrives. This is a year of strong water, even though the Dragon is the last animal of Spring, because Dragon is the storage of water.