MOSCOW — Russia’s nationwide elections fee on Friday registered the primary two candidates who will compete with President Vladimir Putin within the March election that Putin is all however sure to win.
The fee permitted placing Leonid Slutsky of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Social gathering and Vladislav Davankov of the New Individuals Social gathering on the poll for the March 15-17 vote.
Neither poses a big problem to Putin, who has dominated Russian politics since changing into president in 2000. Each candidates’ events are largely supportive in parliament of laws backed by Putin’s power-base United Russia celebration.
Slutsky, as head of the decrease home of parliament’s overseas affairs committee, has been a outstanding backer of Kremlin overseas coverage that’s more and more oppositional to the West. Within the final presidential election in 2018, the celebration’s candidate tallied lower than 6% of the vote.
Davankov is a deputy speaker of the decrease home of parliament, the Duma. His celebration was established in 2020 and holds 15 seats within the 450-member Duma.
The Communist Social gathering has put forth Nikolai Kharitonov as its candidate, however the elections fee has not formally registered him. Kharitonov was the celebration’s candidate in 2004, ending a distant second to Putin.
A Russian politician calling for peace in Ukraine was rejected final month from the presidential poll.
The elections fee refused to simply accept Yekaterina Duntsova’s preliminary nomination by a gaggle of supporters, citing errors within the paperwork, together with spelling. The Supreme Courtroom then rejected Duntsova’s enchantment in opposition to the fee’s choice.
Putin is working as an unbiased, and his marketing campaign headquarters, along with branches of the ruling United Russia celebration and a political coalition referred to as the Individuals’s Entrance, have collected signatures in assist of his candidacy. Below Russian regulation, unbiased candidates should be nominated by at the least 500 supporters, and should additionally collect at the least 300,000 signatures from 40 areas or extra.