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Communist candidate running for Russian presidency may be barred

2018-03-07 10:22:24
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MOSCOW   
 AFP March6, 2018   
 The Communist candidate running against Vladimir Putin in this month’s presidential polls risks being barred over allegations he failed to declare Swiss bank accounts containing $1 million, Russian media reported Tuesday.   Pavel Grudinin, a wealthy businessman, is currently running a distant second to Putin in opinion polls but his rating has grown as Putin’s has dipped.   


He has faced largely negative coverage in pro-Kremlin media.   


Central electoral commission officials have accused Grudinin of failing to declare and close all his foreign bank accounts before registering as a candidate in January, as required by law.   

 


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