In Russia, officially kicked off the campaign for the presidential election

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The presidential election campaign officially started in Russia, the corresponding decree of the Council of the Federation was published in «Rossiyskaya Gazeta».

Candidates from political parties and independent candidates on Monday may begin the procedure for the official nomination at the conventions or meetings of the initiative groups and to submit the necessary documents to the CEC.

The Central election Commission on 18 December to approve the plan of the upcoming campaign. According to the CEC head Ella Pamfilova, the desire to participate in elections have expressed already 23 people, including acting President Vladimir Putin.

Monday the Commission will start receiving money from the budget for the organization and conduct of the 18 March presidential elections. Planned expenditures for the preparation and conduct of the campaign in 2018 — 14,807 billion.

According to Pamfilova, the Russian electoral system, including 880 thousand members of election commissions of different levels, are fully prepared for the elections. «We do serious training to run a campaign so that none of us were ashamed that we were proud of this campaign,» she said.

CEC head added that in the past with the previous presidential election six years maximally liberalized the law on elections of the head of state, removed a number of barriers, improved observers.