Russia’s Central Election Commission has unanimously rejected top opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s bid to run against President Vladimir Putin next year. The commission voted 12 to zero in barring Navalny from the presidential election, citing a controversial embezzlement conviction for which he received a five year suspended sentence.
The decision prompted the 41-year-old protest leader–who maintains that the court case against him was fabricated for political reasons to call for a boycott of the election.
Sobchak file Papers CEC for candidature of Prez election.
Sobchak, the 36-year-old chief editor of the Russian edition of the international fashion magazine L’Officiel, first announced her intention to run for the presidency in mid-October.
TV host Ksenia Sobchak files paperwork at the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) to run for Russia’s president at the 2018 election.
Sobchak’s nomination as a candidate is backed by the Civil Initiative party headed by former Russian Economy Minister Andrey Nechayev. This means that she will have to collect and present 100,000 signatures from supporters to join the race, instead of the 300,000 required for independent contenders and no signatures at all for those who represent one of the four Russian parliamentary parties.