Putin spokesman: legality of Navalny’s election boycott call needs to be examined
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Putin spokesman: legality of Navalny’s election boycott call needs to be examined

December 26, 2017

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On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call for a boycott of Russia’s 2018 presidential election needs to be studied to determine whether or not it complies with the law. Navalny called for the boycott after the Russian Central Electoral Commission on Monday declared him ineligible to run for president in 2018 because of a criminal conviction earlier this year.

In February, a Russian court gave Navalny a five-year suspended sentenced for embezzlement. He has denied the charges. Under Russian electoral law, people with a criminal record cannot run for president within 10 years of serving or officially being recognized as having served a sentence.

On Sunday, Navalny gathered the 500 signatures required to register as a presidential candidate, and submitted them to the Central Electoral Commission. After the commission denied his application, Navalny said, “We’re declaring a strike by voters” and said he would lead protests.

President Vladimir Putin was officially nominated for re-election on Tuesday. He will run as an independent candidate in the March presidential election.

Sources: BBC (2017/12/26), BBC (2017/12/25), The Guardian