Russia's Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, is set to vote on a proposal to schedule the country's next presidential election for March 17, according to a senior lawmaker. This announcement may seem like a formality, but it paves the way for an expected declaration from President Vladimir Putin that he will seek another term in office.
Putin's Potential Run for Another Term
Vladimir Putin, aged 71, has not yet officially announced his intention to run. However, six sources informed Reuters last month that Putin has already made his decision. The vote will determine whether the presidential election will indeed be held on March 17, during which Putin is forecasted to seek and win another six-year term.
Setting the Stage for Russia's Presidential Election
United Russia Senator Andrey Klishas, chair of the upper house's Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Construction, mentioned on his Telegram channel that his committee will look into a draft resolution that sets the date of next year's Russian presidential election for March 17.
Controversy Surrounding an Election Monitoring Group
A Moscow court ruled to keep Grigory Melkonyants, co-chairman of the non-governmental Golos group, in prison until mid-April next year. This ruling comes a month after Russia is expected to hold its next presidential vote. Golos group, labeled as 'a foreign agent' by the justice ministry, has claimed widespread ballot fraud in previous elections. Melkonyants was detained in August before regional elections on charges of cooperating with an 'undesirable organisation,' a claim he refutes.