Russian journalist joins ranks of presidential hopefuls

October 30, 2017

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, Russian journalist Yekaterina Gordon speaks to the media in Moscow, Russia.The 37-year old Gordon has joined the ranks of those wanting to run in March's presidential election. (Boris Kudryavov/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist has joined the ranks of those wanting to run in March’s presidential election.

The 37-year old Yekaterina Gordon declared her intention to run in a YouTube video Monday, saying she plans to focus on defending the rights of women and children. Gordon has hosted a slew of TV and radio shows during her media career, but she doesn’t have the fame of celebrity TV host Ksenia Sobchak who announced her bid earlier this month.

Self-nominated candidates need to gather 300,000 signatures to get registered for the race.

President Vladimir Putin hasn’t yet said whether he will seek re-election but he’s widely expected to run

Veterans of past campaigns, including Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and liberal Grigory Yavlinsky have also voiced their intention to run.

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