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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CEC Puts Putin's Book on Hold

Sales of a new book consisting almost entirely of interviews with acting President Vladimir Putin have been postponed until after the elections, because the Central Election Commission ruled Monday that the book was campaign propaganda and thus had to be financed out of Putin's campaign fund.

"Electoral laws have ... brought us a loss," said Gleb Uspensky, a co-founder of the book's publisher, Vagrius. "We don't care whether Putin gets the presidency. We're just trying to sell books."

Demand from regional booksellers was to have ensured a print run of 500,000 at a retail price of 20 to 25 rubles, Uspensky said at a news conference Monday. He refused to disclose the production cost.

But in light of the CEC's demands, Putin's campaign team has bought the 50,000 existing copies and will distribute them free of charge from its regional bases, spokeswoman Marina Mozezeva said.

The book is available in Russian on the Vagrius web site at putin/index.htm