Alexei Navalny's presidential bid rejected

Updated: Dec 26, 2017, 14:17 IST | Agencies

Russia's Central Election Commission yesterday unanimously rejected top opposition figure Alexei Navalny's bid to run against President Vladimir Putin next year, leading him to urge a boycott of the polls

Russia's Central Election Commission yesterday unanimously rejected top opposition figure Alexei Navalny's bid to run against President Vladimir Putin next year, leading him to urge a boycott of the polls.

Vladimir Putin. Pic/AFP
Vladimir Putin. Pic/AFP

The commission voted 12 to zero in barring Navalny from the presidential election, citing a controversial embezzlement conviction for which he received a five year suspended sentence. After the decision was announced, Navalny said, "We are declaring a strike by voters. We will ask everyone to boycott these elections. We will not recognise the result."

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