Russia’s anti-war candidate Yekaterina Duntsova barred from running against Vladimir Putin: Know why

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Russia’s anti-war candidate Yekaterina Duntsova barred from running against Vladimir Putin: Know why – Gudstory

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Anti-war Russian politician Yekaterina Duntsova, who announced she would run against President Vladimir Putin in next year’s presidential election, was barred from running in the election on Saturday. According to NEXTA, the Russian election authority has refused to allow Yekaterina Duntsova to collect signatures for the presidential election because they cited several mistakes in Duntsova’s documents.

“A total of 100 mistakes were made. In addition, the notary made mistakes when attesting the documents and the protocol was made only after the meeting,” the report quoted the commission as saying.

According to Russian rules, Yekaterina Duntsova was required to collect 300,000 signatures from across Russia in support of her candidacy by 31 January. The decision by Russia’s Central Election Commission confirmed the expectations of international observers who had claimed that Russian authorities would not allow any serious contenders against Vladimir Putin.

‘Why are we talking about permission…?’

Earlier, when a reporter asked Yekaterina Duntsova whether she thought the Russian authorities would allow her to contest the elections, she insisted on her right to contest the elections as she has all the necessary qualities. “Why are we talking about permission, if it is my right according to the law and I have the possibility and I have the necessary qualities to put myself forward?” Yekaterina Duntsova said.

He said, “We are simply proceeding according to the formula prescribed by federal law and we do not need anyone’s permission for this.”

End of conflict in Ukraine

As far-fetched as it may seem, Yekaterina Duntsova’s announcement has certainly raised hopes among the section of liberal Russians who are against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Yekaterina Duntsova had clearly stated that she wanted to end the war in Ukraine and release all political prisoners, including Alexei Navalny.

Yekaterina Duntsova was attempting to challenge Vladimir Putin, who has maintained power in Russia since 1999. Putin held the office of President or Prime Minister and is currently competing for an additional six-year term. With Navalny facing a cumulative prison sentence of more than 30 years and other prominent Kremlin critics either jailed or living abroad under threat of arrest, a recognized opposition has been created to counter the current leadership. There is lack of data.

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Published: 23 Dec 2023, 04:00 PM IST


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