MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, have declared their intention to participate in presidential elections in 2018, supported the proposal on the unification of democratic forces in the election campaign.
“This week there are talks about the need to unite all democratic candidates before the elections of 2018. I fully support this call”, – she wrote on his campaign website.
Sobchak called on “all Democrats: Alexei Navalny and the Progress Party, Grigory Yavlinsky and Yabloko, Mikhail Kasyanov and the people’s freedom Party, Andrei Nechayev and the party “Civil initiative”, Boris Titov and the Party of growth, of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the “Open Russia” and everyone who considers himself a supporter of democratic ideas, human rights and freedoms, to unite for a common victory.”
This Sobchak did not specify what it meant by “all Democrats” and whether we are talking about a possible withdrawal in the campaign of anyone’s candidates in favor of one possible candidate.
Earlier, the leader of the party PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov, Yavlinsky suggested that Navalny and Sobchak to create a coalition for the upcoming presidential election. In his opinion, all three candidates can be nominated in December “at party congresses or meetings of a group of voters” if the authorities register more than one candidate, the coalition will determine the single candidate of the democratic opposition in accordance with predetermined mechanism. On Monday, Kasyanov reiterated his appeal, reasoning it that the participation of the opposition in the presidential elections can be effective “only if the Democrats are going together.”
Presidential elections should pass on March 18, 2018. The official campaign should start in the period from 7 to 17 December, after the election appointed by the Federation Council. The desire to participate in the presidential campaign is already stated including the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky, Russian TV-host Kseniya Sobchak and blogger Alexey Navalny. The head of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova has repeatedly explained that the Bulk can not be a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections because of the criminal record.