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President Putin has formally registered as a contender for the March 2024 Russian presidential elections

President Putin has formally registered as a contender for the March 2024 Russian presidential elections

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, has formally registered to run for president on March 17th, as per a statement made on January 29 by the Electoral Commission. Under the revised new law, President Putin is the main political figure. He has lived in Russia since 1999, and can apply for two more six-year terms, which can be done until 2036.

Putin, who is 71 years old, is now the longest-serving head of state in Russian history, surpassing even the autocrat Josef Stalin. Even with the lengthy tenure, a political environment characterized by a crackdown on opposition and dissent has not produced a strong contender. The ongoing suppression of political opposition has limited the emergence of serious contenders against Putin.

Running as a self-nominated candidate, Putin faces the requirement of obtaining three hundred thousand signatures from Russian citizens across various regions to officially enter the race. Reports from the RFL indicate potential irregularities during the signature collection process, with particular focus on violations in St. Petersburg.

As the political stage sets for the upcoming election, the international community watches closely, keen to understand the dynamics that will shape Russia’s political future under Putin’s continued leadership.

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