Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reuters
In order to draw attention to the age of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin is considering excluding politicians under 50 from the next presidential elections.
Russian outlet Medusa quoted two anonymous Kremlin insiders discussing the elections scheduled for 2024.
This decision will ensure that Putin does not appear older than his suitors.
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Although the Kremlin does not have the power to determine presidential candidates, in practice it has been accused of manipulation.
The sources cited by Medusa said the New People’s Party candidates could be a problem, especially 39-year-old State Duma deputy Vladislav Davankov.
“He wouldn’t get a big percentage, of course, but an energetic young candidate might make voters think about the president’s age,” one of the sources said.
“No black horses [on March 17, 2024, when Russia’s presidential election is scheduled to take place]“said another source.
Putin’s old age poses a considerable challenge as most voters ranked age as something they dislike most about their current president.
Russian presidential elections
Russia will go to the polls next year in the midst of war. Putin has been in power since 2012 and, theoretically, his term should end in 2024.
The 70-year-old Russian president will face competition from candidates from the far-right Liberal Democratic Party, the Communist Party and the center-left New People’s Party.
Earlier this month, a Kremlin spokesman said Russia did not need to hold presidential elections next year because it was “obvious” that Putin would win.
“Mr. Putin will be re-elected next year with more than 90 percent of the vote,” he added.