Russia officially acknowledges Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in March, a contest in which his victory seems assured.
At 71 years old, Putin has been at the helm of Russia since the early 2000s, having won four presidential elections and briefly serving as prime minister. The political landscape in Russia has evolved to a point where opposition voices have dwindled significantly.
The Central Election Commission has confirmed the registration of Putin, who nominated himself, along with Leonid Slutsky, a right-wing figure known for his allegiance to Putin, as candidates for the impending vote.
Scheduled over three days from March 15 to 17, the election timeline has drawn criticism from Kremlin detractors who argue that such a duration may compromise transparency and the integrity of the electoral process.
The upcoming elections are poised to affirm Putin’s continued dominance in Russian politics, cementing his status as a pivotal figure in the country’s governance for the foreseeable future.