40-year-old single mother aims to beat Putin in Presidential race

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.22 - 2023 7:48 PM CET

Photo: Duntsova2024.ru
Photo: Duntsova2024.ru
40-year-old single mother aims to beat Putin in Presidential race.

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Yekaterina Duntsova, a 40-year-old single mother and journalist from the Tver region, has announced her candidacy for the Russian presidency.

This move comes as President Vladimir Putin has yet to formally declare his intention to run for re-election next year. Duntsova's entry into the political arena represents a significant shift from the norm, as she brings a unique perspective as a mother, a journalist, and a local political figure.

Photo: Duntsova2024.ru

According to The Moscow Times, Duntsova's decision to run is driven by her love for Russia and her desire to see it become a thriving, democratic, and peaceful state.

"Why did I make this decision? I love our country, I want Russia to be a thriving democratic and peaceful state. But right now our country is moving in a completely different direction,” Duntsova stated in her announcement.

Her campaign is set against the backdrop of a Russia that has been under Putin's control for over two decades, a period marked by significant political and social changes.

Photo: Duntsova2024.ru

With no prior experience in federal-level politics or party affiliation, Duntsova's candidacy is unconventional. She believes her age, gender, and lack of experience in Kremlin politics might be her greatest assets, setting her apart from the typical older male candidates. Duntsova's local political involvement and understanding of everyday issues resonate with many Russians.

"It is important for me that I live like most people in this country. All of their worries, their problems are near and dear to me,” she explained to The Moscow Times.

However, Duntsova faces a challenging path to the ballot. Russian electoral law requires her candidacy to be backed by a 500-strong special interest group and the collection of 300,000 unique voter signatures from at least 40 regions. Despite these hurdles, Duntsova remains optimistic, drawing support from various cities, including her birthplace, Krasnoyarsk.

Her courage to challenge the status quo, despite the risks involved in Russian politics, is a testament to her commitment to her country and its future. "I am not scared because — most importantly — my family and loved ones are supporting me. They are ready, so I am ready too,” Duntsova affirmed.