Nadezhdin – who has spent weeks criticising President Putin and the virtually two-year Ukraine offensive – dismissed the fee’s accusations.
“We’re all extra alive than the dwelling,” he stated, posting pictures on Telegram of individuals queueing to submit signatures.
He alluded to the Russian literature basic Useless Souls to mock election officers.
“If somebody sees lifeless souls in my signature lists, properly, buddies, these questions shouldn’t be addressed to me. It is extra for the church or exorcists,” he stated.
In a publish earlier on Friday, Nadezhdin repeated that he would take the election fee to court docket if it barred him from operating.
In an interview with AFP final month, he stated Putin’s resolution to launch the Ukraine offensive in 2022 had been “catastrophic”.
Many have been stunned that he has been allowed to progress this far within the voting course of.
Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya stated the election fee’s feedback had been an indication that Nadezhdin wouldn’t be allowed to face.
“The Kremlin has began to organize the general public for the choice of barring Nadezhdin,” she stated on Telegram.