"As for the format of debates. We suggested to the CEC to divide the candidates into three groups… But we did not get what we wanted, so we will demand that the head of the CEC is replaced after the election," Zhirinovsky said in his Telegram blog.
The LDPR proposed for each group of the candidates to hold debates on a certain TV channel and to get rid of radio debates or leave them to candidates' representatives.
The election will take place this Sunday. The Russians will choose from eight candidates: Sergey Baburin from the All-People's Union party, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin, independent candidate and incumbent President Vladimir Putin, Civil Initiative party candidate Ksenia Sobchak, Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov, co-founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky, and Zhirinovsky.