"When you are betrayed by those close to you, it is is always bad, "Grudinin told Hfrance.fr in an interview with the Soviet-era strawberry farm Vladimir Lenin, which he runs outside of Moscow.
"We are ruled by dirty work. These are underhanded methods. This is scum's work because you shouldn't involve women and children in any war.
Kremlin Party and United Russia deny any role in CEC candidate registration process and election commission says it is a non-politicized body guided solely by Russian law.
Lawyers for Grudinin 's ex-wife, Irina, said during a press conference in July that she wanted to derail her ex-husband's election campaign because she feared he would use political power to harm his business or other interests, or those of their son Artyom.
InIn a letter she wrote to the CEC published in the Russian press at the time, Irina Grudinina said her attempt to arrest her husband was "a cry from the soul".
Neither she nor Artyom responded to a request for comment.
The CEC said it based its decision to ban him on documents from the attorney general's office showing he owned a stake in Bontro, a company registered in Belize. Grudinin told Hfrance.fr that the documents were not original and false.
He admitted that he had previously been part owner of Bontro, through which he and his partners controlled a stake in the strawberry farm he runs. But he said he divested his stake in 2017 and the company was closed the following year. He said he had no connection with a company now listed in theBelize company register under the same name.
His election ban violated an unspoken rule of political Russian in Putin's time, which Communists had leeway to choose candidates as long as they avoided harsh criticism of Putin.
The pro-Putin United Russia Party, which won every parliamentary election since Putin took power, is expected to largely retain his dominance. But its popularity ratings have fallen and opponents say the Kremlin is working harder than ever to prevent challengers from entering the ballot box.
Imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians to vote for Communists in order to harm United Russia. learn more The polls opinionshow that the Communists are likely to retain their position as the second largest party.
"The United Russia brand is now generating irritation because any The deterioration in living standards over the past five years has been linked to votes in the State Duma, "said Grudinin. "As they (the authorities) have nothing else to say, they crack down on their opponents. Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova Editing by Andrew Osborn and Peter Graff
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