Russia’s Central Election Commission on Monday unanimously rejected high opposition determine Alexei Navalny’s bid to run in opposition to President Vladimir Putin subsequent 12 months March, main him to induce a boycott of the polls.
The fee voted 12 to zero in barring Navalny from the presidential election, citing a controversial embezzlement conviction for which he acquired a 5 12 months suspended sentence.
Navalny’s crime qualifies as “serious” and due to this fact rids the person of the appropriate to face for president,” stated fee member Boris Ebzeyev forward of the vote, urging the physique to bar him from working.
The choice prompted the 41-year-old protest chief — who maintains that the court docket case in opposition to him was fabricated for political causes — to name for a boycott of the election.
“We are declaring a strike by voters. We will ask everyone to boycott these elections. We will not recognise the result,” Navalny informed journalists.
He stated he would nonetheless attraction the fee’s choice.
Navalny held rallies throughout Russia Sunday, with greater than 15,000 folks endorsing his candidacy. He submitted his nomination on Sunday night and expressed suspicion when the fee introduced they might make the choice as shortly as the following day.
In a video printed after the choice, Navalny stated that workplaces he arrange for his presidential marketing campaign will now flip right into a community for the electoral strike.
“To go to polling stations now is impossible and indecent,” he stated.
“The main goal of the Kremlin will now be to falsify election turnout,” he stated, urging individuals who need to go to the polling station depend the folks attending as an alternative of casting a poll.
Navalny, who has campaigned throughout Russia in latest months, argued earlier in entrance of the fee that his conviction was lifted within the European Court of Human Rights, and that banning him from participation would make March’s election illegitimate.
“I proved in court that my case was fabricated,” Navalny stated, urging the fee to decide that will be honest and impartial.
“I assure you, a huge amount of people will not go to this election, would actively boycott this election” and maintain “electoral strikes.”