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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medvedev Will Tour the Regions

First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will hit the campaign trail next month to court voters ahead of the presidential election, his spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, Zhanna Odintsova, declined to comment on a report that Medvedev would focus on regions where United Russia scored less than 58 percent in the recent State Duma elections. "We will announce the details in plenty of time," Odintsova said by telephone Friday.

Gazeta.ru reported, citing unidentified Murmansk region administration officials, that Medvedev would kick off his tour on Jan. 9 in Murmansk, where United Russia collected 55 percent of the vote in the Duma elections.

The pro-Kremlin party won a landslide victory in the Duma elections, which opposition parties and international observers have described as unfair. United Russia elected Medvedev as its presidential candidate at a party convention last Monday.

Vladislav Surkov, a powerful deputy head of the presidential administration, will accompany Medvedev as he visits 11 regions, most of which are located in the Northern Federal District, Gazeta.ru said. Medvedev said Thursday that Surkov's boss, presidential chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin, would serve as his campaign manager.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that he was aware of Medvedev's trip but declined to provide any details. Bogdan Khmelnitsky, a spokesman for the Murmansk regional administration, said he had not heard about the trip, and United Russia's Murmansk office could not be reached Friday. A United Russia spokesman in Moscow said he could not confirm the trip, saying the party could not be expected to know Medvedev's plans.

Gazeta.ru reported that Medvedev's other stops would include: the Nenets autonomous district, where United Russia scored 48.7 percent; Arkhangelsk (56.7 percent); Karelia (57.3 percent); Pskov (56.7 percent); Yaroslavl (53.1 percent); Kirov (55.4 percent); Vladimir (56.8 percent); Ryazan (57.1 percent; and Smolensk (53.9 percent).