February 14, 2018 – FRN –
The Russian Superme Court has received a claim for the cancellation of registration of the candidature of Vladimir Putin in the March presidential election, filed by the election campaign of Ksenia Sobchak. In the opinion of the TV presenter, Putin can not be a candidate, since he has repeatedly held office.
In addition to three presidential terms, Putin served as head of state after the resignation of Boris Yeltsin, from December 31, 1999 to May 7, 2000.
The Central Election Commission registered eight candidates for the presidency; Ksenia Sobchak, self-nominee Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Zhirinovsky from the LDPR, Maxim Suraykin from the Communist Party of Russia, Boris Titov from the Party of Growth, Grigory Yavlinsky from Yabloko, Sergei Baburin from the Russian National Union, and Pavel Grudinin from the Communist Party . Alexei Navalny was not eligible due to having a criminal record.
The top three candidates, according to pre-election polls, are Putin – 71.5 percent of the vote, Grudinin – 7.3 percent and Vladimir Zhirinovsky – 5.5 percent. Sobchak has around 1% support.
At the same time, Grudinin’s personal rating is 2.5 percent lower than the rating of the party that nominated him for the presidency.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky is also around 3 percent less popular than his party. Grudinin has higher chances against Zhirinovsky, as opposed to Zyuganov (former Communist Party leader.)
In the case of Putin – the anomaly is he’s more popular than his party. It is no wonder Putin is running as a self-nominated person – so as not to have the failures of United Russia consolidate with his own achievements.