Russia: Supreme Court rejects Sobchak’s claim over Putin’s candidacy

Russia’s Supreme Court rejected presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak’s claim against the Russian Central Election Commission on Friday. Sobchak had complained that the incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, cannot participate in the election due to the fact that he has repeatedly held the post of Russian president. “I believe that such a long stay of one person as the president is wrong... Еще,” Sobchak stated, adding “it harms Russia's long-term interests, hinders its normal political development and contradicts the requirements of the constitution.” “Dear judges, it is necessary to cancel the registration of Vladimir Putin as a presidential candidate,” Sobchak concluded. The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation rejected Sobchak’s claim by finding “no grounds for satisfying” it. The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18.

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