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    MOSCOW, January 2 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Central Election Commission has completed the acceptance of documents necessary to register self-nominated candidates to the post of Russia's president, said the CEC press service.

    Independent candidate Irina Khakamada, co-chairman of the party bloc Union of Right Forces (SPS), was the last one to submit the necessary documents on Thursday.

    Thus, six independent candidates are seeking presidency. Incumbent President Vladimir Putin, former Security Council chairman Ivan Rybkin and entrepreneur Vladimir Bryntsalov are among them. They have already registered their initiative groups and got the right to collect 2 million signatures of voters in their support.

    Two potential candidates - Homeland bloc co-chairman Sergei Glazyev and entrepreneur Anzori Aksentyev submitted the necessary documents December 31. Their initiative groups, as well as Irina Khakamada's 'support group', are expected to be registered by the CEC on January 5.

    Unlike 'self-nominees', political parties are entitled to nominate their candidates until January 6.

    KPRF nominated Nikolai Kharitonov (party leader Gennady Zyuganov is out of the presidential race this time), and LDPR - an Oleg Malyshkin (party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who participated in all three presidential campaigns, decided to stay out of the race this time either).

    Besides, the Party of the Russian Regions, making part of the election bloc Homeland, nominated former Central Bank chairman Viktor Gerashchenko for presidency.

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