Vladimir Putin will announce his intention to run for reelection in November.
Putin’s presidential nomination will have two stages, the influential Russian newspaper Kommersant reports with reference to its own source in the presidential administration.
First, in November, Putin will express his agreement to put forward his candidacy at the 2018 presidential elections.
“They will not defer it to December, otherwise it is perceived unnatural,” said the source.
According to him, the format of the event should be something like a live broadcast nationwide phone-in, i.e. a dialogue with citizens who will ask ‘right’ questions.
This autumn, Putin is expected to participate in a nember of events. In particular the opening of a monument to victims of political repression on Sakharov Avenue in Moscow.
The second stage involves the legal aspects of nominating Putin. The collection of signatures in support of the candidate will be held close to the deadline, The official election campaign is not expected to be long.
The day of the presidential elections may be moved to 18 March, the date of signing of the so-called Treaty of Accession of Crimea.