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    Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) visits the Central Election Commission headquarters to file documents in support of his presidential bid in Moscow, Russia December 27, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS

    (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin formally registered his re-election bid on Wednesday, submitting the necessary documents to Russia's central election commission in person ahead of a March 18 vote.

    Polls show that Putin, who has dominated Russia's political landscape for the last 17 years as either president or prime minister, is on course to comfortably win another six-year term. That would allow him to rule until 2024, when he'll turn 72.

    The former KGB officer is running as an independent, a move seen as a way of strengthening his image as a "father of the nation" rather than as a party political figure.

    The ruling United Russia party and the Just Russia party have both said they will support him.

    Allies laud Putin for restoring national pride and expanding Moscow's global clout with interventions in Syria and Ukraine.

    But opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been barred from the election over a suspended prison sentence he says was fabricated, says Putin has been in power too long and that his support is artificially maintained by a biased state media and an unfair system which excludes genuine opponents.

    Navalny has called for a boycott of the election, raising the prospect of large-scale protests and clashes with the police.
    Russia's Putin registers re-election bid

    Previously:

    MOSCOW, December 25./TASS/. A congress of A Just Russia political party supported on Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin for reelection in the March 2018 presidential poll in Russia. The decision was passed by a majority of votes.

    The party has not nominated its own candidate and is ready to join the initiative group to nominate Putin to run in the March 2018 presidential election.

    A Just Russia political party was registered in 2006. At the 2008 election, the party supported Dmitry Medvedev, while in 2012 its candidate was Sergey Mironov who showed the worst election result.

    Russia’s presidential election is scheduled for March 18, 2018.
    TASS: Russian Politics & Diplomacy - A Just Russia party congress backs Putin as presidential hopeful

    Sergey Mironov, the Just Russia leader


    A so-called "opposition" party leader who never misses a chance to lick Putin's boots

    He has openly said once that he and his party may oppose United Russia on some things, but would never oppose Putin himself. He said that. On TV...

    But, JR also has some truly fine people, such as Oleg Shein

    Shein led a heroic, albeit ultimately futile, hunger strike protest in his home city of Astrakhan, back in 2012, after losing an obviously rigged Mayoral election to a United Russia guy: Russian hunger strikers defy Putin, claim fraud

    Shein and some of the other more honorable members of JR actually tried to stand up at the congress, and call fir the party not to support Putin, but put up own candidate. They felt this is a disgrace, rightly so. Shein and a couple others were proposed as candidates. But Mironov quickly bullied most of them into silence; and then they were outvoted, with 21 delegates going for Shein; 8 backing another candidate, Galina Morozova; and 191 Kremlin sycophants, including Mironov himself, declaring full support for Putin: https://newdaynews.ru/moskow/624290.html

    Something TASS ain't gonna talk about in detail, of course... lol

    Anyway, previous Russian election news here: Navalny nominated

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    Police in Moscow have detained opposition politician Ilya Yashin less than a week after he held an unsanctioned rally in the Russian capital.

    Yashin, a Moscow municipal deputy, held a "meeting with voters" on Sunday after a court struck down his permit request for a "Day of Free Elections." The event was organized to educate voters about their rights and coincided with the sixth anniversary of one of the largest anti-government protests in Russian history on Dec. 24, 2011.

    "Police detained me outside my home. They are transporting me to the Krasnoselsky station accompanied by five officers," Yashin wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

    Reports say that police seized Yashin's phone, keys and documents and that he would remain in custody until an unspecified court date.

    Police visited the opposition politician at his home before Sunday's event, but eventually allowed 300 people to gather to hear him speak, Yashin said at the time.

    Fellow opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov, whose movement triumphed in the municipal elections in Moscow three months ago, called Yashin's detention "pure revenge that goes beyond the law” in a Facebook post.

    "Rays of support to Ilya."
    Moscow Police Detain Opposition Politician Ilya Yashin

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    Russia’s supreme court has upheld a ban on the government critic Alexei Navalny from running for president, a decision he has vowed to respond to with nationwide protests.

    “We don’t recognise elections without competition,” Navalny wrote on Twitter after the ruling on Saturday. He did not attend the hearing, which his lawyers say they will appeal against at the European court of human rights.

    The ruling was widely expected and came after Russia’s central election committee said on 25 December that Navalny, 41, was not allowed to stand for public office until at least 2028 because of a previous fraud conviction.

    An anti-corruption lawyer with a huge online following, Navalny says the charges were trumped up to prevent him taking on Vladimir Putin in the presidential election in March. He says Putin, who has been in power for 18 years and is widely expected to win re-election, is only prepared to face handpicked rival candidates.

    Navalny has called for mass demonstrations on 28 January and asked his hundreds of thousands of supporters to boycott the election. He has brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets across Russia for anti-Putin protests twice in 2017. The Kremlin has said Navalny’s calls for an election boycott may be illegal.

    Although he is currently polling at around 2%, Navalny says he would defeat Putin in “honest elections” if he were allowed to freely promote his anti-corruption policies.

    The Kremlin critic, who is barred from state television, has been jailed three times in 2017 as he campaigned across Russia in a bid to force his way onto the ballot. He was also nearly blinded when a pro-Kremlin activist threw a chemical into his face.

    Putin has never publicly referred to Navalny by name , but he said earlier this month that he was a dangerous influence whose calls for protests could plunge Russia into the kind of chaos that engulfed Ukraine after anti-government demonstrations toppled its Moscow-friendly president in 2014.
    Russia supreme court rules Kremlin critic cannot run for president

    Indeed, just as expected.

    Vyacheslav Lebedev, the Chairman of the Supreme Court, is a complete Kremlin stooge

    He's been in office since the Soviet era (when he was a member of the Supreme Court of RSFSR), there are rumors of KGB ties. He is loyal to Putin 100%. There was no other way his court would rule on this.

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    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has appealed the Russian Supreme Court ruling that bars him from registering as a 2018 presidential candidate.

    The court struck down Navalny’s initial appeal, upholding a decision made by election officials who shut down his presidential bid over a criminal conviction, his lawyer Ivan Zhdanov said over the weekend.

    “The decision was appealed to Russia’s Supreme Court appellate body,” Zhdanov told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday.

    The court could hand down its ruling by the time New Year’s holidays wrap up on Monday, Jan. 8, he added.

    Navalny and his supporters argue the opposition leader’s charges are a politically motivated, citing a past European Court of Human Rights rulings asserting that his right to a fair trial was violated.

    Navalny, 41, has called on his supporters to take to the streets on Jan. 28 to boycott the elections in March where Putin is widely expected to secure another six-year term.
    Navalny Appeals Supreme Court Election Registration Ban

    Admirable persistence. Ultimately pointless. But, still admirable...

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