The Kremlin is developing the appropriate scenario for the nomination of the incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin, for a new term as Head of State. This is reported by RBC, with reference to sources close to the presidential administration.
It is stated that the President has decided on his participation in the 2018 elections, which is likely to be officially announced during the assembly of the ruling United Russia political party, on 22- 23 December. However, to keep us in suspense, January is also an option. “Putin’s pre-election campaign is likely to be as short as possible”, RBC’s interlocutor said, his victory is “undeniable”, so there is no need to rush into the campaign.”
At the same time, it is noted that, most likely, Putin will go to the elections as a self-nominated person, since he has a higher rating in society than the party United Russia.
The Head of the Civil Society Development Foundation, Konstantin Kostin, notes that due to the fact that Putin has held a consistently high rating over the past year, the president has maximum freedom to choose the scenario for his nomination.
“The goal, in my opinion, is not to make his campaign as short as possible, but for electoral discussions to be held within a legal period, rather than beginning long before campaigns should (for self-promotion), as some politicians do. A shorter campaigning time in this sense works in his favour,” the political scientist sums up.
At a press conference on November 11, Vladimir Putin said that he would not comment on the topic of his nomination for a new term. “The time will come – let’s talk then,” the president said to the journalist, who mentioned that “everyone is tired of waiting to know.”
Previously, the desire to participate in the presidential election was voiced by TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak. The legal period to announce such decisions is not until December, while the election itself is to be held 3 months later, in March 2018.