Russian presidential election: Alexei Navalny barred from competing

NewsWorld365 NewsWorld365 , December 25, 2017

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from competing in next year’s presidential election.

The Central Electoral Commission has said Mr Navalny was ineligible because of a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated.

He has urged his supporters to boycott the March vote.

Mr Navalny, 41, was widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging President Vladimir Putin.

“We’re declaring a strike by voters. The procedure that we’re invited to take part is not an election,” Mr Navalny said after the decision, adding that he would lead protests across the country.

Known for his anti-corruption campaign and protests against Mr Putin, Mr Navalny was given a five-year suspended sentence in a retrial earlier this year on embezzlement charges.

Source: BBC

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