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