Russian CEC: Putin to get no favors in elections
A total of 23 people have announced their wish to run for president in the 2018 election, the head of the Russian Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova said, adding that all of them, including incumbent president Vladimir Putin, will compete on an equal footing.
"Already now, if we talk about rivalry, at least 23 people have declared their wish to take part in the election," TASS cited Pamfilova as saying.
All these signatures will be checked for authenticity, including signatures in support of Vladimir Putin. "Favours? No, there will be no favors, we will create the most equal conditions for all the candidates," the CEC head emphasized.