Muscovite with African roots wants to participate in the presidential elections as the independent candidate

MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. Moscow businessman and blogger, Samson Sholademi plans to participate in presidential elections as the independent candidate and believes that the experience in the municipal campaign will help him to form an initiative group for nomination.

Sholademi, 2 November posted on his page in Facebook statement that he was going to run for President. He said that he wanted to use his nomination as a platform to sensitize the General public and Federal authorities to the problems of the Ivanovskoye district in the Eastern administrative district of the capital, including to the state of Terletskiy Park and air pollution. The blogger said that he was ready to give up the nomination for the presidency in favor of the candidate who will be able to draw attention to these issues.

“I am willing to move seriously. Because for a start it is not so much in financial and organisational terms: in order to be officially declared (to declare the extension – approx. TASS) in the CEC, it is necessary to collect initiative group of 500 people, to meet and to run for President on behalf of her” – written, Sholademi on Friday in its channel in the Telegram.

He recalled that at the last of the 10 September municipal elections in the Ivanovo region for it gave the voices of 615 people. The blogger believes that, given this circumstance, as well as a large number of his readers, friends and acquaintances, to find a group of “technically not so difficult.”

For the elections the independent candidate must be registered in the CEC group of voters in number of not less than 500 people. After the nomination for the registration he needs to collect 300 thousand signatures, one subject of the Russian Federation should have no more than 7,500 signatures.

Election campaign at elections of the President of the Russian Federation officially should begin in the period from 7 to 17 December the vote will be held on March 18. Russian President Vladimir Putin has not yet announced the decision to participate in the elections and talked about the intention to nominate his candidacy. Earlier the desire to participate in the presidential campaign has told the Chairman of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky, head of the “Communists of Russia” Maxim suraykin, political scientist, head of center of social technologies Andrey Bogdanov, TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, singer and human rights activist Catherine Gordon.