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Russians Skeptical of Presidential Candidate

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Russians Skeptical of Presidential Candidate

Russians Skeptical of Presidential Candidate

Russians Skeptical of Presidential Candidate

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Presidential candidate Andrei Bogdanov gives a toast at a Kazan restaurant. Sergei Sotnikov hide caption

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Sergei Sotnikov

Presidential candidate Andrei Bogdanov gives a toast at a Kazan restaurant.

Sergei Sotnikov

In Russia, there's a man running for president that most people — including Russians — have never heard of: Andrei Bogdanov is the head of the little-known Democratic Party.

Major opposition leaders have been barred from the election, including chess champion Garry Kasparov. Many believe Bogdonaov is secretly backed by the Kremlin as a token candidate to create the appearance of democracy.