Opposition leader and Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was barred from contesting the 2018 presidential elections. The ban was imposed by Russia’s Central Election Commission. 12 out of 13 members of the commission were in favor of barring Navalny, citing a suspended prison sentence he has received.
Navalny has been imprisoned three times in 2017 in an embezzlement case. Even though he denies wrongdoings, he has bro
According to polls, Vladimir Putin is on course to be re-elected as Russia’s President until 2024. However, Navalny believe
In opposition, Navalny has asked his supporters to boycott the March elections. He also stated that the ban would lead to protests across the country.
Navalny is perceived as a fierce competitor and threat to Putin. He held that Putin’s main support came from a biased state media and an unfair system. He also held that he could defeat Putin in a fair election.