Living abroad Russians interested in presidential election


RIA Novosti

The Russia’s Central election Commission receives complaints from compatriots abroad, ready to take an active part in the presidential election campaign. It is reported RT with reference to the CEC member Vasily Likhachev on Friday, March 31.

According to him, letters from non-profit organizations and expert groups of Russians living abroad began to arrive mid-February. Treatment come, particularly from Germany, Israel, Latvia and Lithuania, said Likhachev.

“They propose measures for improving the work of the Russian diplomatic missions, for example, increase the number of adoptive. Want to see the representatives of Russian political parties and journalists,” — said CEC member. He is confident that closer to the presidential campaign, the interest of compatriots will increase.

Likhachev believes that it is necessary to Orient the party that will nominate its candidate for the presidential elections, “a more active presence in the campaign abroad”. According to him, abroad are about 32 million Russians with the right to vote.

March 30, the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky, who plans to become candidates for the presidency, called for a televised debate now — a year before the presidential elections scheduled for March 2018.

In December RT wrote that the turnout at polling stations abroad in 2018 can be achieved through the departure of members of election commissions in “Russian” regions and the activity of the Russian media. Then Likhachev said that the state Duma elections abroad voted about 360 thousand people — less than one percent of the total number of Russians living outside the country.