The only candidate who advocated peace with Ukraine will finally not be able to run in the presidential elections that will be held on March 15, 16 and 17 in Russia. He veteran politician Boris Nadezhdin announced this Thursday that the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) had refused to register it to attend the elections and face the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, whose re-election is more than certain.
Before announcing what happened in a Telegram message, the Commission explained that it had found too many invalid signatures among the 105,000 that Nadezhdin's team presented on January 31.
Every candidate who runs for election without a party behind them with representation in Parliament must collect a certain number of endorsements. Those who, like Nadezhdin, have extra-parliamentary political training (Civic Initiative) They had to present 100,000 valid guarantees.
From Nadezhdin's support firms, the Electoral Commission declared 9,147 void. That represents more than 5% allowed to register the candidate.
Of the signatures supporting Nadezhdin, the Electoral Commission declared 9,147 invalid. Photo: EFE
After learning this information, the politician proposed to the CEC postpone the decision on its registration. But its president, Ella Pamfilova, explained that the body is obliged to move forward and cannot adapt to the needs of a particular candidate. The official deadline to accept or reject the registration of candidates is on February 10.
“The most important decision of my life”
The already rejected candidate showed his disagreement with the decision on his Telegram channel. “I do not agree with the decision of the Electoral Commission (…) I will appeal to the Supreme Court of Russia“he promised.
“I have gathered more than 200,000 signatures across Russia. We have done the collection in an open and honest way: the queues at our offices and collection points were seen all over the world“, he explained. “Take part in the 2024 presidential elections It is the most important political decision of my life. “I'm not going to give up on my intentions.”
“Taking part in the 2024 presidential elections is the most important political decision of my life. I am not going to resign,” said the candidate. Photo: EFE
The Commission He also denied Sergei Malikovich the registration as a candidate on the same day. candidate for the Communist Party of Russia, a small party that split from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in 2012.
When he had verified 60,000 signatures, heofficials certified that there were 8,979 void firms, already exceeding the 5% allowed. Pamfilova said the decision “was made unanimously.”
At the moment, the Russian Electoral Commission has registered four presidential candidates for next month's presidential elections. Leonid Slutski, leader of the nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party; Nikolay Jaritónov, by the Communist Party; and Vladislav Davankovfrom Gente Nueva, did not have to present support signatures because their parties, with parliamentary representation, endorse them.
The fourth is Vladimir Putin. The Russian president decided to run as an independent, without the support of his party, United Russia, and had to gather 300,000 signatures. He submitted them at the end of January and was registered.
An uncomfortable surprise for the Kremlin
The figure of Boris Nadezhdin, a 60-year-old veteran politician little known in Russia, it became a surprise in January, when Thousands of Russians began to line up to give him their supportboth inside the country and in some offices located abroad.
Nadezhdin, a 60-year-old political veteran little known in Russia, became a surprise. Photo: Reuters
The absence of a meaningful opposition to Putinthe majority of whose representatives are in prison or in exile, allowed such attraction. Some important figures, such as the exiled former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky or the team of the imprisoned Alexei Navalny, They showed their support.
But above all it has counted his critical position towards the Kremlin's policy in Ukraine. As a candidate he has promised the end of the war and the return of the mobilized. When talking about the “special military operation”, the official name given to the conflict, he said that it seemed to him “a fatal mistake.” He also promised the release of Russia's political prisoners.
With liberal positions (at the beginning of the century he was a deputy for the now defunct Union of Right Forces), Today he is a councilor in Dolgoprudni, a city of 120,000 inhabitants 20 kilometers from Moscow.
Despite this position, some voices critical of the Kremlin have suggested that Nadezhdin, who has regularly participated as a guest on television programs about the conflict, could not have gotten here if power had not allowed it, something he has denied. .
Yekaterina Duntsova. Photo: Arden Arkman/AFP
In fact, another anti-war candidate, journalist Yekaterina Duntsova, was disqualified by the CEC in December, citing defects in the application and documents submitted to register as a candidate for the elections.
By Gonzalo Aragonés, Moscow correspondent of La Vanguardia