A Presidential Candidate

Election day in Russia is coming soon. The ballots are full of many little-known names, and the boldest proposals, up to and including ending the special military operation, are heard from the candidates. Yekaterina Duntsova is one of the candidates.

Ms. Yekaterina was born in Krasnoyarsk in 1983. In 1995, her family moved to Rzhev, Tver region, where she graduated from high school. Ms. Duntsova is a mother of three children. She divorced her husband two years ago. On her official website, she states that she has two tertiary qualifications: a law degree and television journalism.

She shares her reasons for standing for election with voters on her website as well:

“For at least the last ten years, the country has been heading in the wrong direction: the course has been set not for development, but for self-destruction. The lives of ordinary Russians are becoming more and more complicated every day. Citizens cannot freely express their opinion if it does not coincide with the position of the authorities, the number of political prisoners is growing, and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced out of the country. In fact, local self-government has been destroyed, and one person decides everything in a huge state. “Military operations” on the territory of neighboring states lead to imminent isolation and degradation. Iran, North Korea, and Eritrea remain the last allies; however, they may also soon turn away.”

Yekaterina Duntsova openly expresses her disagreement with the course of Russian foreign policy and calls for an end to the fighting in Ukraine, the release of political prisoners, including Alexei Navalny, “democratic reforms,” and the repeal of all “inhumane laws,” which include the recent decision by Russian authorities to recognize the international LGBT movement as extremist.

“Homophobia should be a thing of the past!” – – that’s how the candidate titled a post on her Telegram channel.

“This is a dangerous decision with no clear criteria, and it may result in the prosecution of any Russian citizen.”

“The fight for traditional values is often justified by concern for children, but in my opinion, this is just a mask for homophobia. This ill-conceived concern might consequently lead to persecution of the children themselves, for example, for drawing rainbows.”

As her election program, Yekaterina Duntsova calls for restoring relations with the outside world and changing budget priorities. She believes money should be spent on “improving the citizens’ lives,” not on “new tanks.”

Yekaterina Duntsova

A mother of three children and a presidential candidate with bold proposals for Russian realities would seem to be the ideal image of a martyr for the values of freedom, democracy, and liberalism, bringing good vibes to an ignorant, savage, militaristic Russia. As you can guess, she wasn’t allowed to put forward her candidature. Everything seems to be plain and simple – tyrant Putin does not let this beautiful woman with a bright face in because he is a villain and hates everything good because that’s why he “unleashed a bloody war” and “quarreled with everyone.” That’s because he does not love freedom and goodness!

Actually, it’s simpler than that. Yekaterina Duntsova has managed to break quite a few election rules. For example, she raised money for her election campaign in cryptocurrency, which is prohibited under Russian law.

In addition, the Central Election Commission did not allow the candidate to collect signatures because of more than one hundred errors in the documents. The CEC also disputed the quality of signatures. Thus, instead of the usual signature, some initiative group members signed with the word “Yes” or drew a picture.

Thinking creatively and being able to draw is fine, and there is nothing wrong with that. Serious election papers, however, are no place for flights of the imagination. The Commission said they got the impression that many of the mistakes were intentional.

Instead of the usual signature, some initiative group members signed with the word “Yes” or drew a picture

On her Telegram channel, Yekaterina Duntsova sincerely resented the refusal to register the initiative group.

“The claims announced by the Commission for holding the meeting have no legal grounds: we collected all the passport data of the participants in advance and verified them, and the notary also certified that the signatures were handwritten. Voting on issues on the meeting agenda was strictly by the law. I remind you that the Ministry of Justice came to the notary on the eve of the decision with an ‘unscheduled inspection.'”

“The CEC’s refusal is directed against the representation of millions of citizens who favor a peaceful and democratic future for Russia. This political decision deprives us of the opportunity to have a representative and to express views different from the official aggressive discourse.”

And at that moment, the 200,000 people who expressed their willingness to sign in support of her candidacy turned into “millions of citizens.” Maybe the opposition has its own special math, and we don’t understand something, but only a person who can’t quite count can’t tell the difference between 200,000 and a million.

That won’t be the last fiasco she’ll have, though. The person promoting her campaign has long lived outside Russia and sent money to the Ukrainian army.

You might think: “Things happen: a young and not quite experienced candidate bought the kind words of support, so she decided to promote such an ambiguous person.” Except that she appointed people dreaming of bombing in Rostov as chat administrators.

It’s strange to see a person who dreams of death and mutilation of potential voters as the moderator of an opposition candidate. She seems to advocate the welfare of ordinary people, and yet she rejoices like a child at explosions, even if they haven’t happened. And the profile description is a typical left-wing supporter that right-wingers are so fond of portraying. He’s not the only moderator. Meet Kir Ishustin, a fugitive foreign agent.

Let’s take a look at what’s on this channel. Maybe it’s not all that terrible out there. But no. The channel sheds tears for a person arrested for a video captioned ‘Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!’.

“The greeting “GLORY TO UKRAINE” with the response “GLORY TO THE HEROES” is an organizational greeting password among members of the “Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists” (OUN) and the Ukrainian organization “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA) at the beginning of World War II. These organizations were recognized as extremist and banned on the territory of the Russian Federation by the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation dated 17.11.2014,” the document says.

Indulging frankly hostile elements in a time of harshness and responsibility will not add popularity to a politician but will only rally the people to the government. It is a problem for all anti-war activists and journalists. No mother waiting for her husband and son from the war, no matter how much she fears for them, will tolerate insults from a Telegram writer working for the CIA, SBU, or other foreign intelligence services. One can disagree with certain issues of Russian politics, but spitting in the direction of those who are fighting for the country’s future is unacceptable.

Such opposition candidates do not lose because of Putin – the people themselves will just never vote for them. The nation needs honest politicians.

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