Russian President Vladimir Putin will contest the next election as an independent candidate, not on a party ticket. This information was reported by several Russian state news agencies in a report on Saturday, citing his supporters. It is said that he wants to contest as an independent candidate to get public support outside the party.
The news agency Reuters says that Vladimir Putin has been in power as the president or prime minister of Russia for more than two decades. He is expected to win another six-year term in elections to be held in March next year.
Ahead of the elections, 700 people from the Russian sports and cultural scene met with Putin in Moscow on Saturday. Most of them are politicians. After that they said that Putin will be elected as an independent candidate in the elections held in March next year.
71-year-old Putin’s political party is called United Russia (UR). He has full support of this party. Despite this, he will be elected as an independent candidate.
Andrei Turchak, a senior official of Russia’s ruling United Russia (UR) political party, told the media that he (Putin) will not run as a candidate of the ruling United Russia (UR) party, despite full support. He will contest this election as an independent candidate. 3.5 million leaders and workers will campaign in the election.
Sergei Mironov, a senior politician from the Just Russia party, another political party in the country, also supports Putin. Putin will run as an independent candidate and signatures will be collected in his support, he told RIA.
For Putin, the Russian presidential election is just a formality. With the absolute support of the state apparatus and state-owned media and almost no major opposition political opponents, his victory is a near certainty.
Putin’s supporters say he has restored order, national pride and some of Russia’s influence during the fall of the Soviet era. His war in Ukraine — what Putin calls a special military operation — is justified.