Peskov said that he sees no competitors to Putin in the elections

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in photobanks Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. Archival photoPeskov said that he sees no competitors to Putin in the elections© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

Vladimir Putin is no competition in the upcoming presidential election, although «a lot of good people», said press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov. «We see a lot of decent people, but we don’t see competitors.

«Still, from my point of view, it is not yet ripe competitor even close to Putin,» said Peskov on air of TV channel «Russia 24».

Press Secretary of the President noted that, since Putin is the current head of state, «his candidacy, of course, proceeds according to other laws». «Although according to the same laws as everyone else. But the imprint of this current presidency, he obviously is, shall we say, changes the situation», — said Peskov, noting that the debate in this case is meaningless.

The candidate of the party or independent candidate

According to Peskov, a press conference on Thursday, Putin will probably tell you how he’s going to run for President from a party or on its own. «We say that the President has not outlined his decision, and we will wait. I think we will wait just a press conference. It will bring clarity to many issues», — said the press Secretary of the President.

Peskov also added that it is still unknown who will head the headquarters of Putin in the upcoming elections.

2018 elections

Last week Vladimir Putin has declared intention to participate in the upcoming presidential elections. In addition, the intention to run for the presidency said the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, one of the founders of the «Yabloko» Grigory Yavlinsky, Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov, TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, the political scientist Andrey Bogdanov, one of the founders of the movement «Nashi» Boris Yakimenko. The nominees also intend to put journalist Catherine Gordon, head of the Association of entrepreneurs for development of business of patriotism «Avanti» Rahman Yanakov, the leader of the party «Female dialogue» Elena Semerikova, businessman Sergei Polonsky and a number of other public figures.

The next presidential elections will be held on 18 March 2018. The campaign should start as early as December 2017, the election can officially be announced this week — up to 17 December inclusive.