First Muslim woman to run in Russia’s presidential election

The wife of and advisor to Akhmad Abdulayev, the head of the Muslim Spiritual Directorate (MSD) of Russia's Daghestan Ayna Gamzatova has formally registered to run against Vladimir Putin for the office of Russian president in March 18 vote.

Ayna Gamzatova reportedly submitted necessary documents to Russia's central election commission Jan.1.

Gamzatova is the first Muslim woman ever to become a presidential candidate in Russia.

Known as the wife of the Daghestani mufti, Gamzatova is a member of the Russian journalists' union and the chief editor of the republic journal Islam.

Other candidates running against Putin include veteran ultraconservative politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin and a former socialite-turned-liberal-journalist Ksenia Sobchak.

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