One of the most influential world leader, V.Putin announced that he is interested in having one more mandate as a leader for the world largest country, Russia. He submitted his candidacy to the Russian competent institution, Central Election Commission.

Presidential race in Russia mobilize world attention, when, on Monday, the Central Election Commission, declined to confirm the presidential candidacy of  Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader. Comission explained that he is not able to compete due to his conviction in 2013 for filching 16 million rubles or around 236,000 euros.

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General assessment surveys in Russia shows that presently, around 80 percent of nationals support Putin to act one more mandate as a President.

The forthcoming presidential races in Russia will happen on March 18, and the pre-race battle formally started on December 18.

 

Alexei Navalny

Navalny, who is known as the coordinator of the demonstrations against Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he blames for debasement, was viewed as one of the possible applicant that could challenge the Putin’s possible victory.

The motivation behind the decision about Election Commission’s rejection is Navalny possible criminal involvement for what he was sentenced in 2014.

Navalny contends that the trial against him was politically driven.

He promptly responded with a call to his supporters to not show on the election day.

Given that in the 2012 elections, the turnout was 65 percent, every turnout beneath 60 percent in the 2018 elections, Navalny will eventually pronounce as his wining.

 

 

With the expulsion of Navalny, Putin’s rival will be Pavel Grudinin from the Communist Party, who succeed the very known socialist presidential candidate Genadij Zjuganov.

 

Russia and the foreign medias

Russian President Vladimir Putin marked a law a month ago enabling Russian Government to name the media as “foreign agents”, if they are financed by countries, nationals or associations from abroad. This decision is a sort of reaction to US “strong interest” for Russian media.

The previous regulation was related only to the media financed by American government, yet, the new one expands its scope.  

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