Russian presidential election: Alexei Navalny barred from competing


Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a meeting with his supporters in MoscowImage copyright
AFP

Image caption

Mr Navalny was seen as the only candidate with a chance of challenging President Putin

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

Mr Putin is seeking a fourth term that would see him become the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin.



Source link

Leave a Reply