Duma Backs Bill Barring Navalny From Elections

The Moscow Times
Sunday 15th December, 2013

The State Duma on Friday backed a draft law banning those convicted of crimes from running in elections for at least 10 years, which a lawyer for opposition leader Alexei Navalny said would prevent him from competing in the 2018 presidential race. Critics accuse President Vladimir Putin of using courts to sideline rivals such as Navalny, who said he wants to challenge the ex-KGB officer in a presidential election. Navalny, 37, was handed a suspended five-year sentence for theft in September in what he said was a politically motivated court case. Any individual charged with either a “serious…

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