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Why I Am Challenging Putin

Russia is living through the deepest, most prolonged crisis in modern history. It is a man-made crisis that has struck every sphere of society and the state. This crisis is not a natural disaster but one engineered by the choice of a false doctrine of reform, one that is leading the country to degradation.

Few people believe in the Putin regime's ability to achieve serious change. The corruption and inefficiency of the state apparatus and the government's incompetence and inertia leave no hope for a real improvement in living standards. Instead of the state being strengthened, it is being reborn as a police-bureaucratic apparatus to suppress social protest, extort bribes, and assure political repression.

I am running for president in order to cleanse the state apparatus of corruption and bureaucratic arbitrariness and to summon competent and responsible people into state service. Russia cannot withstand another four years of plunder and destruction.

I am running so as to implement a real program to rebuild the economy. The current regime will not implement such a program and will continue to serve the oligarchic clans that have grown fat by plundering state property. Putin's corrupt and irresponsible regime has become part of the system of oligarchic parasitism, with its pathologically unjust distribution of incomes and property.