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Russian officials bar Navalny from running for president

Russian election officials have formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president.

 

The Central Election Commission voted on Monday that the anti-corruption crusader isn't eligible to run, according to Daily Mail. 

 

Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case which has been viewed as political retribution. He could have run if he was given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled.

 

Incumbent Vladimir Putin is running for a fourth term in office and is wildly expected to win the March 18 election.

 

Navalny has vowed to lead a campaign to boycott the vote if he isn't allowed on the ballot.

 

Navalny is the most serious challenger that Putin has faced in all of his years in power.

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