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Boris Nadezhdine is the only candidate running against President Vladimir Putin in the elections next March.

< p>Boris Nadejdine sees his application rejected

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Boris Nadezhdine, during the submission of the signatures necessary for his candidacy in the Russian presidential elections.

Agence France-Presse

Boris Nadezhdine, the only opponent of Vladimir Putin and his offensive in Ukraine to have run in the March presidential elections in Russia, saw his candidacy rejected by the Electoral Commission on Thursday.

This discreet veteran of political life channeled the hopes of Russians opposed to the Kremlin's policies, in the absence of other, better-known opposition figures who are all in exile or in prison. He has indicated that he wants to challenge the rejection of his candidacy in court, but his chances of success are almost zero.

The Electoral Commission, the body responsible for organizing the polls, loyal to the Kremlin, voted unanimously to refuse ;register the candidacy of Mr. Nadejdine, aged 60, according to an AFP journalist present at the hearing.

She accuses him of irregularities in the collection of 100,000 signatures from voters supporting him, necessary to be able to run for president.

Participate in The 2024 presidential election is the most important political decision of my lifetime. I am not going back on my intentions. I will appeal the decision of the Electoral Commission to the Supreme Court, declared the opponent moments before the verdict.

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And in the event of refusal by the Supreme Court, he promised to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court, the highest legal body in the country.

We will create a movement, we already have a party, Mr. Nadezhdine continued, before saying: Sooner or later, I will become President of the Russian Federation.

In a context of systematic repression of any challenge to power in Russia, the re-election of outgoing President Vladimir Putin in the elections held on March 15 and 17 is beyond doubt.

It is unlikely that the Supreme Court or the Constitutional Court, two other institutions loyal to the Kremlin, will rule in favor of Mr. Nadezhdine, even if the opponent has said he is counting on the Russian judicial system to resolve the situation.< /p>

Even in the unlikely event of participation in the presidential election, Mr. Nadejdine has few illusions about his chances of success against Vladimir Putin. He nevertheless told AFP at the end of January that he hoped that the presidential election could mark the beginning of the end of the Putin era.

Tens of millions of people were going to vote for me. I am in second position behind Putin!, Mr. Nadejdine proclaimed Thursday before the Commission.

Former liberal MP with a hitherto discreet political career, Boris Nadezhdine promises to stop the nightmare of the offensive in Ukraine, to put an end to the militarization of Russia and to release all political prisoners like the x27;opponent Alexeï Navalny detained in the Arctic.

Little known outside the tiny liberal milieu, the person concerned says he to be launched in October because no more famous anti-Putin figure had taken the plunge.

The Kremlin, for its part, has not hidden its disdain for this opponent. We do not consider him as a competitor, Dmitri Peskov, spokesperson for the Russian president, told the press at the end of January.

Mr. Peskov told journalists on Thursday that the Electoral Commission had spotted a large number of errors in Mr. Nadezhdine's signatures. This is an important criterion which was not respected, he assured.

The Commission clearly follows the rules established for the candidates, he further affirmed.

Vladimir Putin, in power since 2000, is aiming for a new mandate of six years to the presidential election in March. Faced with candidates who all officially support his policies, his re-election is in little doubt.

Building on a constitutional reform adopted in 2020, he can stay in the Kremlin until 2036, the year he turns 84.

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