Russia and her coming presidential election…

Of all the political parties, only the ruling party United Russia throws their weight behind Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the presidential campaign of 2012. The other six parties will nominate their own candidates. However, the Russians should not expect to see any new faces in the elections of March 2012…

The Communist Party (KPRF) of Russia, Gennady Zyuganov will make it his fourth time in the race as president candidate in March 2012. He came second in the previous elections in 1996, 2000 and 2008. “We’re not even considering other candidates,” said Sergey Obukhov, secretary of the Central Committee of the party. The Communists hope to endorse his presidential nomination at the party convention on 17 December…

On 13th of December, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) plans to name its leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who has been a veteran of all presidential campaigns dating back to 1991, with exception of 2004…

Sergey Mironov, the leader of the center-left party Fair Russia, refuted rumors on November 29 that he would not run for president. Center-left party Fair Russia is scheduled to discuss its presidential candidate on December 10. Center-left party Fair Russia must choose between three people: Mironov, Nikolay Levichev, the party chairman, and Oksana Dmitriyeva, first deputy chief of party group in the previous legislature…

Mironov assured his followers that the party wants to win elections. “Participation is more important than winning is not our motto,” he said. Russia intends only to present the members of an alternative government at the convention to seal their intentions…

Parties not represented in the previous legislature intended to choose their presidential candidates through primaries. Although the political council social liberal Yabloko party recommended the appointment of party leader Grigory…

The right-leaning party Right Cause, will weigh in on the presidential election on December 8. Andrey Bogdanov, a member of the party’s federal list in the parliamentary elections, said he has proposed primaries. Bogdanov, who ran for president in 2008, did not say whether he expects to make another run this time. Right Cause chairman Andrey Dunayev has not yet confirmed his participation…

The left-leaning party, Patriots of Russia, has not yet picked its presidential hopeful. The party’s Deputy Chairwoman Nadezhda Korneeva said that everything would depend on whether the party manages to make it past the election threshold at the December, 2011 parliamentary election…

The deadline for candidates to apply for the presidential election is January 3, 2012…

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