MOSCOW (Reuters) – A journalist became the second woman to enter Russia’s presidential race, saying on Monday she wanted to use the election to campaign for the rights of single mothers and children.
The presidential election takes place in March next year. President Vladimir Putin is expected to stand and win, but has yet to confirm his plans.
Some opposition activists believe the Kremlin’s aim is to crown the field with candidates designed to distract and entertain in order to boost turnout and divide the liberal opposition.
The Kremlin denies that, saying anyone who meets the legal criteria to run can take part.
On Monday, mother-of-two Ekaterina Gordon, 37, who has worked as a TV and radio talk show host, said she was putting herself forward as an independent presidential candidate.
She said she had never voted, but had become disillusioned by both the liberal opposition and pro-Kremlin politicians. …