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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanov Tipped for Spot On United Russia List

A senior United Russia official said Thursday that first deputy prime minister and presidential front-runner Sergei Ivanov could be put at the top of the party's federal candidate list for December's State Duma elections.

"This is a really good option," the United Russia official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, "We are seriously considering it."

The party will hold a congress Monday and Tuesday at which it will determine the makeup of its federal and regional candidate lists.

Asked whether the decision had already been made, the party official said this could only be finalized at the congress, "but Ivanov seems like the best option."

Valery Kazansky, a member of the United Russia's General Council, would not confirm or deny whether Ivanov would get the spot.

"We are considering many options and every one of them is being studied carefully," Ryazansky said.

Two of the spots on the ticket have already been decided, going to Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov and Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Rumors that Ivanov would be included on the United Russia list to raise his profile ahead of a run for president have been swirling for months, although they subsided in August as party officials identified Olympic speed skating champion Svetlana Zhurova as a potential No. 3 party's candidate.

A spokesman for Ivanov denied that the first deputy prime minister had any plans to appear on United Russia's federal list and said he wouldn't attend the party convention.