Russian President Vladimir Putin has filed documents with the Country’s Electoral officials to run for re-election next year.

This comes a day after hundreds of politicians; celebrities and sports figures backed his bid.

Mr. Putin visited the Central Election Commission, handing over his passport and 300 000 signatures required by Russian legislation for those running as Independent Candidates.

The 65-year-old strongman, who will face what analysts call, ”only token” opposition candidates, will extend his term until 2024, making him the longest-serving Russian leader since Dictator Joseph Stalin.

Earlier this week, Electoral bosses barred top opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running against Putin, citing a controversial embezzlement conviction which he says is politically motivated.

Candidates running against Mr. Putin include veteran ultra-conservative politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin and a former socialite turned liberal journalist Ksenia Sobchak.

Navalny, who is seen by many as the only Russian opposition leader who stands a chance of challenging Putin, has called for a boycott of the polls.

SOURCE: NEWS24

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