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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from presidential race

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny can not run for presidency because of his criminal conviction, the Central Election Commission, said in a statement on Friday.

It has been reported that the leader of the opposition in Russia Alexei Navalny can not run for presidency because of his criminal conviction as per the statement from the Central Election Commission.

The anti-corruption campaigner led mass street protests against Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2011-12. Mr Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement in February and given a five-year suspended prison sentence in a court case he says was organized to stop him running for president.

The country has been gripped by a series of mass protests in cities across Russia  in recent weeks against the perceived corruption of Vladimir Putin’s government.

Alexei Navalny had called on people across Russia to protest against corruption on the 12 June Russia Day public holiday. Hundreds of people were detained the same day. Rejecting the verdict, he vowed to make a new appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), and argued that, under the constitution, only people actually in prison could not stand for election.

Mr Putin is eligible to stand again for president next year – it would be his fourth term in office – though he has not yet announced his decision.

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