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Russia concludes presidential candidate registration with Putin and three others

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Russia has completed the registration of candidates for the upcoming March presidential election, as reported by Reuters quoting TASS.
The list includes President Vladimir Putin, the expected winner, along with three politicians who support Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
Boris Nadezhdin, a prominent anti-war candidate, was notably missing from the list.The Central Election Commission (CEC) disqualified Nadezhdin on Thursday, citing flaws in the collection of signatures required for his candidacy.
Meanwhile, the CEC approved the nominations of Vladislav Davankov, deputy chair of the Russian Duma and a member of the New People caucus; Leonid Slutsky, the leader of the Kremlin-loyal ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR); and Nikolai Kharitonov, the Communist Party nominee.
Putin, 71, has chosen to run as an independent rather than representing the ruling United Russia party. As Russia’s leader since 2000, he holds significant control over the state’s affairs, making him widely anticipated to secure victory in next month’s election.
While Nadezhdin, 60, was not seen as a serious contender, his outspoken criticism of Putin’s actions in Ukraine has surprised some analysts. He described Russia’s involvement in the conflict as a “fatal mistake.” Nadezhdin has announced his intention to challenge the CEC’s decision in Russia’s Supreme Court.

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