URGENT - Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny barred from entering presidential race

(CNN) -- Russian officials barred activist Alexey Navalny from entering the country's presidential race a day after h...

Posted: Dec. 26, 2017 1:29 PM
Updated: Dec. 26, 2017 1:29 PM

(CNN) -- Russian officials barred activist Alexey Navalny from entering the country's presidential race a day after he held nomination gatherings to kick off his run, according to state-run media outlet RIA-Novosti. Russia's Central Election Commission denied Navalny's registration the day after he submitted it, citing a previous embezzlement conviction, RIA-Novosti reported. Navalny has said the conviction was politically motivated to block his presidential bid.

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