Court up­holds ban on Navalny run­ning for Rus­sian pres­i­dency

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Rus­sia's high­est court has up­held elec­tion of­fi­cials' de­ci­sion to bar op­po­si­tion leader Alexei Navalny from run­ning for pres­i­dent in March's elec­tion. The Supreme Court on Satur­day turned down Navalny's ap­peal against the Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion's move, say­ing that the de­ci­sion to bar him from the race fully con­forms to law.

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, whose ap­proval rat­ings top 80 per cent, is set to eas­ily win a fourth term in the March 18 vote.

Navalny has cam­paigned for the pres­i­dency all year de­spite an im­plicit ban on his can­di­dacy due to a fraud con­vic­tion seen by many as po­lit­i­cally driven, re­ports AP. Elec­tion of­fi­cials for­mally barred him from the bal­lot Monday. Navalny re­sponded to the ban by call­ing for a boy­cott of the vote.

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