Oct 1, 2007

The Russian Presidential Race Gets a Second Candidate

No seriously, who else is "running"?

YahooNews:The former world chess champion Garry Kasparov entered Russia's presidential race on Sunday, elected overwhelmingly as the candidate for the country's beleagured opposition coalition.

Kasparov has been a driving force behind the coalition, which has united liberals, leftists and nationalists in opposition to President Vladimir Putin. He received 379 of 498 votes at a national congress held in Moscow by the Other Russia coalition, coalition spokeswoman Lyudmila Mamina told The Associated Press.

Kasparov's place on the March ballot was not assured. His candidacy still needs to be registered and is likely to be blocked.

1 comment:

Pirates&Diplomats said...

Considering all of the official claims that "anyone can run for president in Russia," it'll be interesting to see if they let him.