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Vladimir Putin rival may not be able to fight 2018 poll

AFP
Published May 4, 2017, 1:37 am IST
Updated May 4, 2017, 1:37 am IST
Navalny in December announced his plan to stand for the Kremlin in 2018 as Vladimir Putin is expected to run for a fourth term.
 Alexei Navalny
  Alexei Navalny

A Russian court on Wednesday upheld a five-year suspended sentence for Opposition leader Alexei Navalny for embezzlement that could block his bid to stand for president in 2018.

The regional court in the city of Kirov threw out an appeal and upheld suspended sentences for Navalny and his co-defendant in a case over a timber deal, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

 

Navalny in December announced his plan to stand for the Kremlin in 2018 as Vladimir Putin is expected to run for a fourth term.

Navalny’s profile has since grown as a report by his team into alleged corruption by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sparked street protests after being viewed more than 20 million times on YouTube.

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