Russian journalist joins ranks of presidential hopefuls

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 - 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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