Vladimir Putin has officially registered as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election in Russia. The country’s Central Election Commission has confirmed that Putin has been registered as a candidate on Monday. This information is known in a report of NDTV.
Russia’s election commission said Leonid Slutsky, a right-wing firebrand and Putin loyalist with Putin, was also registered as a presidential candidate. This election will be held from March 15 to 17.
Liberal challenger Boris Nadezhdin has managed to collect enough signatures to be registered as a candidate in the election. However, it is not yet clear whether he will be allowed to vote in the end.
Human rights organizations have accused Russia of irregularities in previous presidential elections. And it is feared that independent observers may be prevented from monitoring the vote in this election. Moreover, after controversial constitutional reforms in 2020, Putin now has the chance to stay in power until at least 2036.
In February 2022, Russia began military operations in neighboring Ukraine. This campaign is still going on. In such a context, presidential elections are going to be held in Russia. Many claim that Putin is in some trouble with the Ukraine war. However, Putin has strict control over the state structure and various media.
Since 1999, Vladimir Putin has been running the country continuously as the President or Prime Minister of Russia. He will make a record if he completes the six-year term as the new president. Putin will be Russia’s longest-serving ruler since the 18th century.