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Putin obstructed the candidacy of his main rival in the 2024 presidential elections

Putin obstructed the candidacy of his main rival in the 2024 presidential elections

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow, Russia, December 14, 2023. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo) Ekaterina Dontsova (right), a former regional journalist who plans to run for Russian president in the March elections 2024, speaks with reporters after meeting with officials from the Central Election Commission to submit documents at an office in Moscow, Russia, on March 20. 2023. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

Today, Saturday, the Russian Electoral Commission ruled out the candidacy of journalist and former municipal council member Ekaterina Dontsova, an advocate for democracy and an end to the offensive in Ukraine, for the presidential elections.

Russian television indicated that the committee claimed that there were “errors in the documents” submitted to register the candidacy.

The head of the committee, Ella Pamfilova, announced that the body decided unanimously to drop the candidacy of this 40-year-old woman in the elections scheduled for next March. The victory of President Vladimir Putin, who has been in power since 1999, is considered a foregone conclusion, and he is expected to obtain a term for another six years.

Addressing the candidate, Pamfilova declared: “You are a young woman, and you have your life ahead of you.”

Pamfilova explained that a total of 29 people submitted their candidacy files for the presidential elections.

For years, Russian power has pushed aside any serious opposition, and repression has accelerated since the Kremlin sent its army into Ukraine in February 2022.

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