Top Russian Court Approves Ban Against Putin Rival For 2018 Elections

Russian Supreme Court Approves Ban Against Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny From 2018 Presidential Election

Navalny was banned from the March 18 vote for a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up

Moscow, Russia:  Russia’s Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country’s central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year’s presidential election.

The commission this week barred Navalny from taking part in the March 18 vote because of a suspended prison sentence he says was trumped up.

(Reporting by Gennady Novik and Valery Stepchenkov; Writing by Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Editing by Alison Williams)

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