On Monday, news outlets began reporting that Russian officials have banned Vladimir Putin's chief rival, Alexei Navalny, from the upcoming presidential elections.
BREAKING: Russia's Central Election Commission has formally barred opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president.— The Associated Press (@AP) December 25, 2017
Putin critic Navalny barred from running because of a criminal conviction that is largely viewed as political retribution— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) December 24, 2017
'Only Putin and the candidates he has hand-picked are taking part in it,' says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, calls his supporters to boycott next year's vote— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) December 25, 2017
According to Al-Jazeera, Russia's election committee voted unanimously, 12 to 0, to bar Navalny from running. Al-Jazeera also claims that the criminal conviction officials are citing is from a February 2017 retrial of a 2013 fraud case — and the second trial happened after Navalny had already declared his candidacy. Navalny was found not guilty in the original 2013 case, and many view the retrial as a a pretext to keep him out of the race.
Boris Nemtsov was a Putin critic who was assassinated in March 2015. Despite a 2017 conviction of a Chechen security services officer named Zaur Dadayev, the investigation into who ordered the assassination is ongoing, according to the New York Times. Many people continuing to speculate that the the Kremlin ordered the hit.
Hey sounds good right? Maybe trump can go the same I bet he tries lol we’re not far behind— Emb (@you_r_here) December 25, 2017
Here's lookin' at you 2020!