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Information screen with a countdown to presidential election date installed in the Central Elections Commission's HQ in Moscow © Yevgeny Biyatov / Sputnik

Thursday - 08/02/2018 01:01
The Russian Central Elections Commission (CEC) has officially registered Grigory Yavlinsky of the liberal Yabloko party and Business Ombudsman Boris Titov of the pro-business Party of Growth as presidential candidates.
Both candidates are backed by political parties that hold no seats in the federal parliament, which means that to register they had to present signatures from at least 100,000 supporters, collected in various regions of the Russian Federation. This was completed in late January and, after checking the documents, the commission concluded that the proportion of invalid signatures in both batches had not exceeded the maximum allowed by law – 5 percent (Yavlinsky had 1.07 percent and Titov showed 4.35 percent).

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