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MOSCOW, January 31 (Itar-Tass) — The Central Election Commission (CEC) said it sees no signs of pre-election campaigning in the articles published by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is running for president.
CEC's member Maya Grishina, who is in charge of information and campaigning issues, commenting on Putin's recent articles published by a number of federal newspapers said that "the prime minister elaborated on his position on current and future issues."
Grishina has a positive opinion of different newspapers publishing the premier's articles: "These newspapers cover various audiences, and therefore equal attention is paid to various mass media; the articles are readable."
She also believes that "such publications are interesting for the mass media, too."
Grishina specifically noted that the Commission stated its position on informing citizens about federal election candidates back at the beginning of the parliamentary election campaign: "In our opinion, the broader the candidates' activity is covered, the more useful it is for citizens."
"We see no violation of legislation," she confirmed adding that the CEC's working group on information disputes did not detect violations in speeches or statements by other candidates, either.
Grishina said a Communist Party representative earlier had complained to the CEC after one of the publications, and that the working group had duly reviewed it.
Its conclusion was that "there were no signs of campaigning in the article."
The presidential election campaign in the mass media starts on February 4, precisely a month before the presidential polls.