Putin to launch informal campaign headquarters in March – media
Sources close to the Russian presidential administration state that Vladimir Putin's informal campaign headquarters will start its work in March 2017, a year before the presidential election.
Unlike previous campaigns, this one can attract state corporations and large state-owned companies. Experts believe that if a "corporate mobilization" model is in demand, the party network will only play a supporting role, while the candidate will be deemed as "independent," Kommersant reports.
"Everyone knows when a candidate's election headquarters begins its work, according to the law," Deputy Head of Russia's Presidential Administration Sergey Kirienko told the publication.
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As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin considers "inappropriate" holding early presidential elections in 2017, although he admits such probability.