Russia's Central Election Commission has finished receiving documents from independent candidates today.

Fifteen independent applicants intended to participate in presidential elections in Russia, filed documents with Russiaís Central Election Commission, while 46 potential candidates initially claimed they would participate in the elections, according to the website of the Central Election Commissionís press service.

"Since the beginning of the presidential campaign, the Russian Central Election Commission received 46 notifications from citizens who decided to run in Russian presidential election independently, while only fifteen such candidates submitted their applications for consideration," the Commission said.

Representatives from fourteen political parties have been registered by the Central Election Commission: Vladimir Zhirinovsky (the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia), Roman Khudyakov (Chestno), Grigory Yavlinsky (Yabloko Party), Boris Titov (the Party of Growth), Ksenia Sobchak (the Civil Initiative party), Pavel Grudinin (the Communist Party of Russia), Elvira Agurbash (the Green Alliance party), Sergei Baburin (the Russian All-People Union party), Yekaterina Gordon (the Party of Good Deeds), Anton Bakov ( the Monarchist Party), Stanislav Polishchuk (the Party of Social Reform), Mikhail Kozlov (the Party of Social Security), Maxim Suraikin (Communists of Russia), Natalya Lisitsyna (Russian United Labour Front).

Vladimir Putin submitted documents to the CEC for his nomination in the 2018 presidential election on December 27, 2017.

Self-nominated candidates must collect at least 300,000 signatures of voters on order to be registered, at least 7,500 signatures in each Russian region. Candidates from non-parliamentary parties require 100,000 signatures, candidates from parliamentary parties do not have to collect signatures.

The stage of registering candidates began on December 27, 2017. The Russian presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018. According to the campaign schedule, candidates nominated by parties are obliged to provide documents required for nomination to the Central Election Commission before January 12.
First stage of Russia's presidential elections 2018 finished | Vestnik Kavkaza


As of January 5th, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who will participate in the upcoming presidential elections, spent 13.4 million rubles out of more than 400 million on his election fund on his campaign, the Central Election Commission reported.

The presidential elections will be held on March 18, 2018, while the election campaign officially kicked off on December 18 of last year.
How much did Putin spend on his election campaign? | Vestnik Kavkaza

Putin will have no problem financing a campaign (as if he even needs to campaign...), he would have called up all the oligarchs together

and they would give him all the money he wants...

Love the Ekaterininsky Hall of the Kremlin, btw. That's where the Imperial Senate sat, before the Bolshevik Revolution. That's why that building is also called the Senate Building...