The quest of Duntsova for Presidency in Russia stalled

Russian journalist Yekaterina Duntsova, a peace advocate opposing the war in Ukraine, faces disqualification from the upcoming March 2024 presidential elections after the Supreme Court dismissed her appeal on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC), which refused to register her presidential candidacy citing procedural flaws in garnering support through a popular initiative.

The CEC accused Duntsova of violating rules, citing technicalities such as a notary’s misrepresentation of the number of participants in the initiative, among other discrepancies.

During the hearing, Duntsova emphasized that these infractions were technical and rectifiable. However, the court remained unmoved.

Following the session, Duntsova announced the formation of a new political party bearing her name, aiming to represent those advocating for peace, freedom, and democracy.

“Most Russians desire a peaceful and democratic future… We number in the tens of millions, yet no political party truly represents us,” she stated.

The 40-year-old journalist gained the backing of 521 out of over 700 attendees at an independent congress held in Moscow on December 17.

Duntsova unveiled her electoral plans in mid-November, citing a decade-long trend of the country heading in the wrong direction, leading to “self-destruction.”

The former regional legislator promotes her vision of a “humane” Russia, one that is “peaceful, amicable, and willing to cooperate with everyone based on the principle of respect.”

Among her proposals are ending hostilities in Ukraine, introducing democratic reforms, and securing the release of political prisoners.

Upon announcing her ambitions, she was summoned by the Prosecutor’s Office, where she was questioned about her stance on the military campaign in the neighboring country.

Furthermore, in early December, she alleged that VTB Bank had blocked money transfers in her name when she sought financial support for her campaign from her supporters.

A mother of three, Duntsova hails from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk and holds degrees in law and audiovisual journalism.

While she requested nomination from the liberal political party Yabloko, its founder Grigory Yavlinsky rejected the idea.

As reported by the digital newspaper Meduza today, the Kremlin administration dismisses the possibility of any candidate openly advocating for peace in Ukraine participating in the elections.

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