Russia Anticipates Unopposed Victory as Putin Nominated for Another Term Amid Concerns About Election Transparency
In a formal announcement on Monday, Russia officially recognized Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in March, a political event in which his victory appears all but assured.
At 71 years old, Putin has been at the helm of Russia since the start of the century, securing four presidential victories and briefly occupying the position of prime minister in a political landscape where opposition has dwindled to near non-existence.
The Central Election Commission confirmed the registration of Putin, who nominated himself, and Leonid Slutsky, a right-wing firebrand and Putin loyalist, as candidates for the impending vote.
Scheduled to take place over a three-day period from March 15 to 17, the election’s extended duration has raised concerns among Kremlin critics, who argue that this could complicate efforts to ensure transparency.
After a controversial constitutional reform in 2020, Putin now has the potential to remain in power until at least 2036, a prospect that has triggered apprehension among rights groups, citing past election irregularities and the likely exclusion of independent observers.
While Putin faces minimal competition, liberal challenger Boris Nadezhdin has met the signature threshold for registration as a candidate. However, uncertainty remains regarding whether he will be permitted to run, with the Kremlin dismissing him as a serious rival. The upcoming elections are poised to shape Russia’s political landscape for years to come.
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