Russia: Regime panel rigs “election” for Putin with Nadezhdin disqualification recommendation

Source: Politico

“Boris Nadezhdin’s presidential race is likely to end before it really begins. On Monday, the Russian Central Election Commission’s (CEC) working group recommended Nadezhdin not be registered as a candidate. The group found a 15.4 percent defect rate in Nadezhdin’s signatures supporting his candidacy, the candidate’s press service said. Only a maximum of 5 percent defect rate is permissible. The CEC will announce its final decision on Wednesday. The likely disqualification would follow a pattern where opposition figures going up against Russian President Vladimir Putin face challenges over alleged signature forgery or discrepancies with often outdated government records. Nadezhdin promised to challenge the CEC working group’s decision.” (02/05/24)