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Former Soviet dissident's bid to run for Russian president rejected

Former Soviet dissident's bid to run for Russian president rejected

Russia's Central Elections Commission on Saturday rejected former Soviet dissident Vladimir Bukovsky's attempt to run for president.
Bukovsky, who was sent into exile abroad in 1976, has made only three trips to Russia since then _ meaning he did not meet the 10-year Russian residency requirement to run for president, commission secretary Nikolai Konkin said, according to news reports. He also said Bukovsky's British permanent residency permit disqualifies him, the news agency Interfax reported.
Bukovsky has been living outside London.
Known for his revelations about the Soviet practice of forced psychiatric treatment of dissidents, Bukovsky spent a total of nearly 12 years in Soviet mental hospitals and jails before international pressure came to bear. In 1976, he was bundled out of the country in handcuffs and swapped for Chilean Communist Louis Corvalan.
The overwhelming favorite in the March 2 election is Dmitry Medvedev, a first deputy prime minister, who has the endorsement of President Vladimir Putin.
Putin is constitutionally prohibited from seeking a third consecutive term in office, but Medvedev has offered him the post of prime minister. That would be a platform from Putin could continue to wield strong power and influence.


Updated : 2021-02-27 00:13 GMT+08:00