Moscow, Dec 16 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian election commission Friday refused to register for the presidential elections a man who claims to heal people over the telephone and whose book is on the federal list of extremist materials.
The Central Electoral Commission said Nikolai Levashov has lived in Russia for only six years, while according to Russian law, a presidential candidate must reside in the country for at least 10 years.
Levashov lived in the US from 1995 to 2006.
Author of ‘Russia in Distorting Mirrors’, which was banned for its negative depiction of Jews and for inciting religious hatred, Levashov was the first to submit his nomination papers to election officials to become the next Russian president.
He calls himself an academic and a healer. He also claims he can cure many diseases over phone.
The presidential polls are scheduled to take place March 4, 2012.