Putin critic to press fight for end of election ban
MOSCOW | Alexei Navalny’s campaign chief said Russia’s popular opposition leader will keep campaigning for authorities to cancel an election ban.
Mr. Navalny, who organized nationwide anti-corruption protests last month, plans to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 2018 election. Yet Mr. Navalny’s February conviction in a retrial of a fraud case formally barred him from running for president.
The March anti-corruption protests that rocked Russia’s 11 time zones were stunning for Mr. Putin’s authoritarian rule. The rallies, the largest in years and previously contained to the country’s cosmopolitan cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, spilled over to provincial towns that rarely see political protests.