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Russia's election commission says Navalny can not run for presidency | Reuters

 Russias election commission says Navalny can not run for presidency
| Reuters

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny can not run for presidency because of his criminal conviction, the Central Election Commission, said in a statement on Friday.

"Navalny does not have passive suffrage," said the statement, meaning he was ineligible to run for office.

Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement in February and given a five-year suspended prison sentence in a court case he says was organised to stop him running for president. (Reporting by Kevin O'Flynn; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)

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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2017 22:00:01 IST

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