The Russian Election Commission, which must give the green light to the candidacies for the presidential elections in March, has identified “flaws” in the candidacy of Boris Nadezhdin, the only opponent who wants to take on the challenge against incumbent President Vladimir Putin. “When we see dozens of people who are no longer alive and yet signed, we wonder about the ethical standards used,” Nikolai Bulayev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s electoral commission, said on Friday.
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Relatively unknown to the general public, Nadezhdin is a veteran of Russian politics. In recent weeks he unexpectedly succeeded in rallying many Russians. On Wednesday he submitted his candidacy with the required hundred thousand signatures to the electoral commission.
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The 60-year-old opposition candidate rejected the accusations. “You and I are more alive than anyone,” he wrote on Telegram alongside several photos of people lining up to support his candidacy. Earlier on Friday, he had reiterated that he would go to court if the electoral commission rejected his candidacy.
There are also alleged irregularities in the candidacy of communist Alexei Malinkovich.
Both opposition candidates must report to the electoral commission on Monday. On Wednesday, it will announce which candidates can officially participate in the Russian presidential elections from March 15 to 17.