The statement of opposition leader Alexei Navalny about the beginning of the presidential campaign for the elections of 2018 became a topic of conversation in the Kremlin, writes Bloomberg. About this publication on condition of anonymity, said the source, who took part in the discussion of this issue in the Kremlin.
According to the interlocutor of the edition, the participation of opposition in elections may contribute to the legitimization of their results.
Navalny told Bloomberg that he has no illusions about his chances in the election, even if he will be able to overcome bureaucratic obstacles and to become a candidate. “I’m not naive and understand how it works. However, I will fight for the victory. I have no doubt that if I had the same access to resources and media, I would have won this campaign,” said the opposition leader. Navalny has called its main task register as a candidate.
According to the head of the office of the President for domestic policy during the campaign of 2012, Konstantin Kostin, the Bulk nomination is not for Vladimir Putin was no threat. “The idea that Bulk carries any risks for Putin and “provoke” the second round is laughable”, he said.
Navalny announced his participation in the presidential election in 2018 December 13. Later in the interview he said that currently the main goal of the campaign is to be on the ballot. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the statements of Navalny told reporters that the Kremlin this “does” not belong.
The participation of Navalny in the elections became possible after in November, the Supreme court, following the decision of the ECHR, sent the materials on the “case of Kirovec” for a new trial. The opposition leader insisted that the case was to stop in connection with absence of structure of a crime. Navalny remains two previous convictions: in the case of embezzlement of funds from the company “Yves Rocher” and for libel against the Moscow city Duma Deputy Alexei Lisovenko. As explained by the opposition lawyer Vadim Kobzev, these crimes are not considered serious, and did not affect voting rights.
President Vladimir Putin has not officially announced plans to participate in the presidential race in 2018. He called the question “premature.”