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Pre-election race began

February 4 2008
02:15

February 2 in Russia began campaigning in the media. However, the use of free television and radio candidates will only Monday.

The fact that by law it can be done only on weekdays. Airtime provided three television channel - "First," Russia and TV-Tsentr and 3 companies - Mayak Radio Russia and Golos Russia. Each of these media contributed to 7 hours for agitation. In this campaign can not only candidates but also to the nominating their parliamentary party. Agitational phase should end on the night of March 1, pass "Vesti.ru.

Within a month, candidates for the post of president and nominated by their political parties will be able to place a media campaign materials, paid for from campaign funds.

In accordance with the law, half the air time is reserved for the so-called joint campaign events - pre-election debates. One third is given to political parties which nominated candidates, and the remainder being given by the candidates for commercials and speeches.

For the president of Russia will fight LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, the candidate of United Russia, First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, as well as the leader of the Democratic Party of Russia, Andrei Bogdanov, self-promoted.

The greatest interest among voters always produce pre-election debates on TV. They will be attended only three candidates, as Dmitry Medvedev has decided to abandon the debate with his opponents. In his commercials, each of the candidates for president of Russia will try to impress voters.

According to CEC member Maya Grishina Russia prepared to host the campaign etheric grid is already too interesting. The debate, she said, will be long and campaign videos on different channels will go out almost every hour.

As for paid air time, the data on who and how much will use it, yet. Typically, candidates are reluctant to place promotional materials for the money, because it is expensive, said RIA Novosti. Usually paid advertisements appearing on TV by the end of the campaigning period, closer to election day.

Contestants can also host pre-election campaign in print media. In accordance with the law of free space for the presidential candidates and political parties that nominated them provide more than two dozen publications, including the "Russian Newspaper", "Parliamentary newspaper" Komsomolskaya Pravda, Moskovsky Komsomolets, "Izvestia".

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