Several Russian nationals showed their patriotism in unexpected ways as presidential elections got underway across the country, Sunday. One Buryatia resident cast his vote in Severobaikalsk while wearing a bear costume and holding a Russian flag. Another resident of the Gorbunki village in Leningrad Region cast his vote dressed as a rocket-man, which according to locals was a creation of his... Еще own. Football players of FC SKA-Khabarovsk, who also participated in the presidential election, were presented with a giant one-metre long sandwich. The first polls opened in Russia's Far East at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, March 17, and the last polls, in the Kaliningrad exclave, close at 18:00 GMT on Sunday, March 18. The first round of the 2018 Russian presidential election will be contested by a total of eight candidates on March 18. Should no candidate reach a majority, a second round will take place three weeks later scheduled for April 8. According to the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Ella Pamfilova, over 1,000 international observers will work in Russia to oversee the election process.