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The Russian Central Elections Commission today registered incumbent President Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election.

The commission, said that Putin’s headquarters had collected 314,837 signatures in his support, more than the 300,000 threshold needed for the registration.

It has checked 60,000 signatures and found that just 232 of them or 0.39 per cent were invalid. In accordance with Russian law, the CEC has to complete the registration of the candidates by February 10.

It is widely expected that Putin will win by a landslide, as he enjoys a much higher approval rating than his rivals.

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