NAtalia Budarina, head of the CEC, indicated that that body received a document expressing the candidate’s refusal to “participate in joint election campaign events broadcast through the channels of Russian state organizations”.

“It’s the candidate’s right”, explained Budarina.

The Russian presidential elections are scheduled for March 17th, although voting will take place over three days, from the 15th to the 17th. On January 31st, the CEC completed the registration of presidential candidates and confirmed Putin’s registration, which Running independently are Leonid Slutski, for the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Nikolai Jaritonov, for the Communist Party of Russia (KPRF) and Vladislav Davankov, for the New People.

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