Putin critic to press fight for end of elec­tion ban

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

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.

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