The Kremlin is discussing scenarios of how and when Vladimir Putin will announce his will to take part in presidential elections in March 2018, according to the Russian news agency RBC, referring to unnamed officials.
It is reported that the head of Russia has not yet made public announcements of his readiness to run, but "decided that he will participate." To date, there are several scenarios of Putin's "nomination scenarios."
Speaking of the date when Putin could announce his intention to run for a new term, there are two approaches: the president will announce his decision before the Federation Council appoints elections, or after the event.
The presidential election will be held on March 18, 2018. The upper house of parliament must appoint a campaign between December 7 and 17.
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It is assumed that the Russian leader's campaign will be as short as possible. His victory is unquestionable, so there is no need to hurry with the announcement of the readiness to run, RBC's interlocutors explain.