This is how he commented on reports that the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation supported the candidacy of Nikolai Kharitonov.

"Only the congress has this right. I was nominated by some organizations and continue to be promoted, including Afonina, Novikov, Kharitonov, Kalashnikov, and Kolomeitsev... The decision will be made by the plenum on Friday," Zyuganov said.

On December 19, delegates to the LDPR congress supported the nomination of Leonid Slutsky, the party's chairman, as a candidate for the presidential election.

On December 18, Russian leader Vladimir Putin submitted documents to the Central Election Commission for registration as a presidential candidate.