March elec­tion

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - WORLD -

Op­po­si­tion leader Alexei Navalny has de­clared his in­ten­tion to run for pres­i­dent in the March elec­tion, though a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion that he calls po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated bars him from run­ning. The 41-year-old anti-corruption cru­sader has or­ga­nized waves of protests this year, rais­ing the pres­sure on the Krem­lin.

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin hasn’t yet an­nounced whether he would seek re­elec­tion, but he’s widely ex­pected to run. With his cur­rent ap­proval rat­ings top­ping 80 per­cent, he is set to eas­ily win an­other six-year term in a race against tor­pid vet­er­ans of past elec­tion cam­paigns, like Com­mu­nist Party chief Gen­nady Zyuganov.

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