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Kremlin says Putin will not participate in pre-election debates as Russians hear his thoughts on matters ‘practically daily’

Source: Meduza

Vladimir Putin’s campaign headquarters has officially informed Russia’s Central Election Commission that he will not participate in pre-election debates, reports TASS.

Putin is running for the Russian presidency for the fifth time; however, he has never participated in debates during election season.

When asked why Putin would not be taking part in the debates, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists the following:

Russians have the opportunity to see Putin’s statements on all aspects of Russian life practically on a daily basis. Putin is the acting head of state, who lives under a very busy presidential schedule. This is a fundamental difference between him and the other candidates.

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