Putin op­po­nent opens re­gional of­fice ahead of pres­i­den­tial bid:

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Alexei Navalny, Rus­sia’s most prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion fig­ure, has opened his first re­gional of­fice for a pres­i­den­tial bid, de­spite an im­mi­nent court ver­dict that could bar him from run­ning. Open­ing his cam­paign of­fice Satur­day in St. Peters­burg, Navalny, an an­ti­cor­rup­tion ac­tivist, claimed that “the Krem­lin will do its best not to let me par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion.” A court on Wed­nes­day is to an­nounce the ver­dict in his re­trial on fraud charges. Navalny said that open­ing the of­fice be­fore the court ver­dict “is aimed at mak­ing them give me ac­cess to the elec­tion.”

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