Putin officially registered as presidential candidate for March elections.

Russia’s Central Election Commission has officially recognized Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in March. With his extensive political tenure and widespread support, Putin is widely expected to secure yet another victory. Having already won four presidential ballots and briefly served as prime minister, Putin has virtually eliminated opposition within Russia’s political system. Alongside Putin, Leonid Slutsky, a right-wing firebrand and Putin loyalist, has also been registered as a candidate for the election.

Critics have raised concerns about transparency due to the election being held over a three-day period from March 15 to 17. This move could potentially hinder the ability to ensure a fair and transparent voting process. Furthermore, a controversial constitutional reform in 2020 has allowed Putin to potentially extend his stay in power until at least 2036.

Human rights groups have voiced their concerns about past elections being marred by irregularities and the likely exclusion of independent observers from monitoring the vote. Despite the absence of genuine competition, Boris Nadezhdin, a liberal challenger, has managed to gather enough signatures to be registered as a candidate. However, it remains uncertain whether he will be allowed to run, as the Kremlin dismisses him as a serious rival.

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