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Dec.23 - 2023 10:06 PM CET

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Yekaterina Duntsova Disqualified from Presidential Race

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In a significant development in Russian politics, former TV journalist Yekaterina Duntsova has been disqualified from running in Russia's next presidential election, blocking her from challenging Vladimir Putin.

Duntsova's platform, which opposed the war in Ukraine, has been a point of contention.

Unanimous Decision by Electoral Commission

According to Reuters, the central electoral commission voted unanimously to reject Duntsova's candidacy, citing "numerous violations" in her submitted papers.

This decision has been met with criticism from Putin's opponents, who argue that it reflects a broader strategy to prevent genuine opposition from contesting in the election scheduled for next March.

Opponents of Putin view the disqualification as evidence of a rigged electoral system, designed to ensure only one outcome in favor of the incumbent. They see the upcoming presidential election, the first since the onset of the 22-month war in Ukraine, as a sham, lacking genuine democratic competition.

Despite the controversy, the Kremlin maintains that Putin will secure victory due to his widespread popularity, as evidenced by opinion polls showing an approval rating of around 80%.

Duntsova's Response and Future Plans

Duntsova, 40, expressed her intent to challenge the decision in the Supreme Court through a post on Telegram. She labeled the decision as unjustified and undemocratic, voicing her concern that it strips the public of the opportunity to have a representative who expresses views divergent from the official aggressive discourse.

Duntsova's disqualification raises significant questions about the state of democracy and political opposition in Russia, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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