Alexei Navalny Barred From Russian Presidential Poll

The opposition leader has been formally banned by the Central Election Commission.

The Central Electoral Commission based their ruling on the fact that Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence. Navalny decried the decision and stated that according to the constitution, only those in jail could not stand in an election.

 

Last February, Navalny was convicted of embezzlement at a retrial. The conviction reached at the previous trial was deemed to be unfair by the European Court of Human Rights.

Navalny has vowed to appeal the decision, though it seems unlikely that anything will come of it.

 

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