Russian presidential referendum, 1991

Russian presidential referendum, 1991

A referendum was held in Russia on 7 March, 1991, asking about the introduction of the post of President of RSFSR. This referendum was held at the same time as the referendum on the preservation of USSR.

Before the referendum, the Russian Head of State was the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of RSFSR, elected by the Congress of Soviets of RSFSR. As a result of the referendum, the post of President of RSFSR was introduced, and two months later Boris Yeltsin was elected the first president.


The question asked was "Do you consider it necessary to introduce the post of President of RSFSR, selected through all-national election?" (Russian:"Считаете ли Вы необходимым введение поста Президента РСФСР, избираемого всенародным голосованием?")


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