The Central Electoral Commission (CCE), the highest body on electoral matters in Russia, refused this Thursday to register the candidacy for the presidential elections next month of the politician Boris Nadezhdin, saying that the signatures supporting of his candidacy exceeded the maximum allowed number. of defects (misprints of names or addresses, for example) or not legally recognized because they are not presented according to the established format.
Nadezhdin – by pure coincidence whose last name means “one who brings hope” in Russian –, who is not an open opponent of the Kremlin, gradually raised a speech that contradicted the official version of the so-called “special operation military” of Russia in Ukraine. and placed emphasis, with the reservations and care allowed by law, to promote as the goal of its final administration the achievement of peace with the neighboring Slavic peoples, for centuries brothers of Russians and now irreconcilable enemy.
Because of his background as an advisor to Sergei Kiriyenko, who currently oversees domestic policy in the Russian Presidential Office, from where he pulled all the strings needed to re-elect Putin, Nadezhdin’s candidacy was considered more same until he took it seriously. the possibility of competing in the leadership of the country with methods that many share and do not dare to speak beyond the four walls of his house.
Nadezhin, for example, described the conflict in Ukraine as a “catastrophe” and offered to “release political prisoners,” referring to those considered by the authorities to be “criminals” for making public personal statements. opinion that differs from the official. version, which – in his opinion – “damages the Russian army by spreading lies.”
The group of the blocked candidate for the presidency of Russia, who will appeal to the Supreme Court, managed to collect nearly 200 thousand signatures in support of his candidacy, respecting the rule that the minimum number of voters from each of the entities of the Federation can be represented.. Nadezhdin brought 105,000 signatures to the CCE, 5,000 more than required, while the “experts” of the Commission concluded that only 95,500 signatures were necessary.
According to the CCE, 9,147 signatures did not meet the conditions to be valid and cannot be replaced by others, despite the fact that Nadezhdin had 95,000 additional signatures. The vice president of the Commission, Nikolai Baluyev, assured that “there are eleven signatories who have already died”, which – in his opinion – “is a sign of ridicule that should cancel the entire list of signatures.”
In total, 2,500 signatures were rejected because the date was not recorded in the handwriting of the signatories themselves; 1,767 signatures are unknown because those who collected them do not appear in the list of persons notarized to do them; 995 because the information of the person who obtained the signatures did not match the person who submitted them; and all this, without adding cancellations due to simple mistakes in writing a surname or an address, which is obvious.