“QI want to wish the President health and longevity. I propose now, and while the special military operation is in force, to decide unanimously that we will have a candidate for the elections, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, or to temporarily cancel the elections because we have no one who can currently protect our country,” Kadyrov said at an event in Grozny, the Chechen capital, to mark Putin’s birthday.
In the initiative, in which according to authorities 25,000 people participated, photos of Putin and posters were displayed with phrases such as “GDP is the shield and sword of Russia”, “Strong President”, “Strong Russia” or “Together with the President “.
The first round of the Russian presidential elections is scheduled for March 17, 2024, and if none of the candidates secures half of the votes (50% plus one), a second round is scheduled for April 7.
The Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory, launched on February 24 last year, plunged Europe into what is considered the most serious security crisis since the Second World War (1939-1945).
Ukraine’s Western allies have supplied weapons to Kyiv and approved successive sanctions packages against Russian interests to try to diminish Moscow’s ability to finance the war effort.
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