Media got wind of Kremlin's plan to make woman Putin's main rival

Media got wind of Kremlin's plan to make woman Putin's main rival
Ksenia Sobchak

The Kremlin reflects on the option of nominating a woman as Vladimir Putin's main rival in the presidential election, Vedomosti learned. The sources of the publication named Ksenia Sobchak as an ideal candidate.⁠

Vladimir Putin's rival in the election of the Russian President in 2018 may be a woman, the Vedomosti newspaper writes citing sources in the Presidential Administration and experts close to it.

The edition named several candidates for alleged ‘rivals’, who are being considered in the Kremlin. Among them there are three members of the A Just Russia - chairman of the Social Democratic Union of Women of Russia Natalia Velikaya, leader of the National Parenting Committee Irina Volynets and member of the central council of the party Irina Peteliaeva.

A source close to the Administration called Ksenia Sobchak an ideal candidate. She, as the interlocutor of the newspaper explained, demonstrates the image of a modern young woman who would like to go to politics.

"Smart, bright, interesting, but not in all respects the image of a typical Russian woman, the question is whether she will get up the juice," the newspaper writes.

At the request of the edition to comment on this information, Velikaya replied that she had not had a conversation on this topic and this is unlikely. Peteliaeva said that she had not received an official offer, but it would be interesting to participate: "There is a social request for women in politics, this will increase interest in predictable elections." A source in Just Russia said that the nomination of a woman instead of party leader Sergey Mironov had already been discussed. According to him, Peteliaeva was talked unofficially, but the decision has not yet been made.

Volynets did not manage to contact the newspaper; Sobchak's comment is missing in the article.

Candidates for the presidency of Russia were already two women. For example, in 2000, Ella Pamfilova got just over 1% at the election in 2000, and in 2004 Irina Khakamada, who became a candidate for the Union of Right Forces, won 3.84% of the vote.

Vladimir Putin has not yet officially announced that he will run for presidency.

In July, the sources of Vedomosti reported that the Kremlin is experiencing difficulties with the image of the future of Russia, with which Putin could go to the polls. The interlocutors of the publication specified that more than a dozen meetings had been held on this topic. A former federal official told the edition at the time that several curators of topic of the future image had been replaced.

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