Contents tagged with presidential elections in Russia

  • Putin: US wants to see Navalny as the leader of Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated at a meeting with the chief editors of the Russian media that the US administration would like to see Alexei Navalny among Russia’s leaders, Meduza online newspaper writes.

    Putin was asked about the decision of Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC), who barred Navalny from taking part in presidential elections, and about the American reaction to this decision. The US State Department spokesperson had previously expressed concern over "the Russian …

  • Putin promises to increase minimum wage after the election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin promises that the minimum wage in his country will increase on May 1st, as he stated on January 10th while speaking with workers at a plant in the city of Tver and added that a change in the minimum wage will affect "about four million people."

    The Government plans stipulated that such growth would take place later in 2018. According to officials, the Russian Ministry of Labor will soon begin developing the draft bill regarding the increase in minimum wage. …

  • Russian opposition leader Navalny denied registration as a presidential candidate

    On Monday, December 25, the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Russian Federation denied oppositionist Alexei Navalny’s registration as a presidential candidate in the 2018 elections. The meeting of a group of voters in support of Navalny’s self-nomination to the Russian presidential elections was within the law, said Central Electoral Commission head Ella Pamfilova; however, she said, Navalny cannot run due to undischarged previous convictions.

    Commission member Boris Ebzeyev pointed …

  • Russia complains of 'foreign interference in the electoral process'

    The Head of the Central Election Commission or CEC of the Russian Federation, Ella Pamfilova claimed foreign interference in the elections of the President of the Russian Federation, which the CEC had already faced.

    Pamfilova stated during her interview in Itogi Nedeli (Results of the Week) on Russia’s NTV Channel that the meddling is "very diverse," RIA Novosti reports.

    "They take a situation; interpret it completely differently from reality. Then it starts disseminating...  And powerful …

  • Yavlinsky speaks about conversation with Putin regarding situation in Ukraine

    Grigory Yavlinsky, co-founder of the Yabloko party, spoke on air during a broadcast of the television channel Dozhd about a prior meeting between him and President Vladimir Putin, during which they discussed the situation in Ukraine.

    Yavlinsky said that he considered it “necessary to meet" with Putin, "because this is politics." "And we need to conduct a dialogue. If there is no dialogue, then it is a big, big disaster," he said.

    Regarding whether Putin thinks that "something needs to be …

  • Presidential campaign has begun in Russia

    The decree of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of Russia’s parliament) on setting March 18, 2018 as the date for the Russian presidential elections was approved. Thus, the presidential campaign was officially launched in Russia.

    As is known, on December 6th, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his participation in the presidential elections for the fourth time; he will go to the elections as independent candidate.

    It was reported that the Prime Minister of the Russian …

  • Kremlin: Russia will not allow US observers to attend Presidential elections in 2018

    Russia sent a diplomatic note to the US, stating that Moscow will proceed following the principle of reciprocity regarding the admission of observers from US embassy employees during the presidential elections of 2018, TASS quotes Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying. The diplomat stressed that the decision will be made taking into account "their refusal to accept Russian observers from among our foreign missions staff in the US during the elections held last November."

    Ryabkov …

  • Russian media: Putin to run as independent candidate in elections

    Current Russian President Vladimir Putin may run for president in the 2018 elections as an independent candidate, RBC news agency reported with reference to federal officials and sources in the Russian Presidential Administration.

    According to RBC, the topic of Putin running independently was taken up at a seminar for governors and deputy presidential envoys on internal policy in the Moscow Region at the start of December.“It was not spoken about directly, but we were warned to prepare for …

  • Media: Putin has decided to participate in presidential elections

    Vladimir Putin has “made up his mind” to participate in the new presidential elections, RBC news agency reported with reference to a federal official.

    Discussion is underway as to when and how he will announce this, sources close to the Kremlin told the news outlet.

    The intention to run for presidency can be announced before the Federation Council designates the presidential campaign, or afterwards. The Federation Council is scheduled to make the decision regarding the campaign between …

  • Putin connects doping scandal to upcoming elections in Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that a doping scandal involving Russian athletes is a ploy by those who accuse Moscow of attempts to influence elections in the United States. According to Putin, this is retaliation from his enemies timed for the run-up to the March elections in Russia.

    The accusation that Russian officials support doping athletes at the state level is an attempt to stage a smear campaign before the upcoming presidential elections, Putin said at his visit to the …