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Presidential elections in Russia not to be rescheduled

February 21, 3:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Discussions on shifting the presidential elections in Russia began after the law on rescheduling the election to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, was adopted in summer of 2015

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MOSCOW, February 21. /TASS/. Presidential election in Russia will not be rescheduled and will be held as it was earlier planned - in March 2018, a source in the administration of the Russian President told TASS.

"Talking about an early election is nonsense, conspiracy theories," the source said.

The source stressed that election is rescheduled in case of "some dramatic events, when there is insecurity about something."

Under the Russian law on presidential elections, the day of voting is the "second Sunday of the month in which the voting at the previous general election of the president took place and in which the president was elected six years ago."

In 2012, the presidential elections were held on March 4.

On December 23, 2016, when asked by a Wall Street Journal reporter at the annual press conference whether early elections are possible in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said: "It is possible, but it is not feasible."

Discussions on shifting the presidential elections in Russia began after the law on rescheduling the election to the State Duma, lower house of parliament, was adopted in summer of 2015. As a result, the parliamentary elections were rescheduled from December to September 2016.

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