Ksenia Sobchak is reportedly considering changing her name to ‘Against All’ for next year's presidential race 🙄
Ksenia Sobchak, who announced earlier this month that she will run for Russian president next year, might change her name to “Against All,” sources tell the television station Dozhd.
Sobchak reportedly hopes to use the name change to add an “Against All” option to ballots. One of Dozhd’s sources says she plans to take the hyphenated name: “Ksenia Sobchak – Against All.” Other sources claim Sobchak wants to change her entire name to “Against All.”
Ksenia Chudinova, the spokesperson for Sobchak’s presidential campaign, told Dozhd that she was aware of no such plans, but described the idea as “super.”
Whatever Sobchak does, her current name is what will appear on next year’s ballots, if she’s registered as a candidate. According to amendments made to federal legislation last year, any changes made to a candidate’s name within a year of any election will have no bearing on how that candidate’s name is displayed on ballots.
Sobchak announced her intention to run for president on October 18. She’s presenting herself as a protest candidate, describing a vote for her as a vote “against all.”
In 2009, Ukrainian businessman Vasily Gumenyuk changed his surname to “Against All” and registered for Ukraine’s 2010 presidential election. He changed his name back after losing the race, winning just 0.16 percent of the vote.
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