Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow Russia
Diciembre 15, 2017, 12:33
But he said it is not his job to build up the opposition in a country he has ruled for 18 years, and likely longer as the new elections loom.
Then he moved on from the presidential hopeful. This is the same briefing after which Comey sat down privately with Trump and told him about the infamous Fusion GPS dossier.
"We see some quite serious achievements, even in this short period of time that he's been working", Putin said.
"I know who did this, but what's the use of talking about it now". He vowed not to let that happen. In that case, notification comes from Moscow.
Who participates in the election?
The country has been ordered to participate under a neutral at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang as part of a sanction for the scandal.
Among potential candidates for the presidential race (who have announced their intentions), are current President Vladimir Putin, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky, leader of the Communists of Russia party Maksim Suraikin, Presidential Ombudsman for Entrepreneurs' Rights and Party of Growth leader Boris Titov, political scientist and Social Technology Center head Andrei Bogdanov, socialite Ksenia Sobchak, Women's Dialogue party leader Yelena Semerikova, businessman Sergei Polonsky, singer and human rights activist Yekaterina Gordon and some dignitaries.
Younger said in a statement that the database, known officially as Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), could help identify Russian doping offenders first implicated in reports by Richard McLaren. In which case, might as well leak it to embarrass them.
"Why are the authorities afraid?"
U.S. officials declined to discuss whether the stream of recent intelligence on Russia has been shared with Trump.
The list, compiled by the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov, initially included 10,000 athletes but was later reduced to 300 names due to lack of evidence.
He said his campaign would be largely focused on improving the Russian economy and that he would run as an independent, distancing himself from the United Russia political party that he founded and built into the ruling party.
Leaders of the two other Russian parliamentary parties - CPRF and A Just Russia - keep silent about their participation in the election.
"If you talk about Russia, meddling, interference - that takes the PDB off the rails", said a second former senior U.S. intelligence official. "No matter what anyone says, I am certain, and I know that it is very much so".
Celebrity TV host Ksenia Sobchak, who wants to challenge Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 18 presidential election, is seen at a big screen as she asks a question during Putin's annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. "If you say 'Russian interference, ' to him it's all about him", said one GOP strategist to the paper.