Russian conflict leader Alexei Navalny was barred on Monday from running in next year’s presidential referendum after officials ruled he was ineligible to take part due to a suspended remand centre sentence he says was trumped up.
The decision by the central election commission was universally expected as election officials had repeatedly declared Navalny would be inappropriate to run. Twelve members of the 13-member commission voted to bar Navalny. One member abstained, citing a admissible conflict of interest.
Navalny, 41, who polls show would travail to beat incumbent Vladimir Putin in the March election, said he purposefulness appeal and called on his supporters to boycott the election and campaign against it being clasped.
“We knew this could happen, and so we have a straight-forward, clear envisage,” Navalny said in a pre-recorded video released immediately after the purpose.
“We announce a boycott of the election. The process in which we are called to participate is not a official election. It will feature only Putin and the candidates which he has from where one stands selected.”
Navalny said he would use his campaign headquarters across Russia to help the boycott and monitor turnout on voting day, March 18.
Polls show Putin, 65, who has reign overed Russia’s political landscape for the last 17 years, is on course to be comfortably re-elected, making him worthy to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72.
Accomplices laud Putin as a father-of-the-nation figure who has restored national pride and enlarged Moscow’s global clout with interventions in Syria and Ukraine.
Navalny conjectures Putin’s support is exaggerated and artificially maintained by a biased state intermediation and an unfair system. He says he could defeat him in a fair election, an insistence Putin’s supporters have said is laughable.
‘Do the right thing’
Formerly the commission voted, Navalny, dressed in a dark suit, had demanded he be entertained to take part in the election delivering a speech that angered poll officials.
In one heated exchange, he said Russian voters’ faith in the organization hung in the balance.
“If you do not allow me to run, you are taking a decision against millions of man who are demanding that Navalny take part,” he said, referring to himself in the in the first place person.
“You are not robots, you are living, breathing human beings you are an independent firmness … for once in your lives, do the right thing,” he said.
His helpers clapped him, but officials were unmoved.
Boris Ebzeev, one of the officials, bring to light: “We’re talking about the law and abiding by the law.”
Ebzeev said there could not be “the slightest have reservations” that Navalny was ineligible to run, a reference to Russia’s constitution that strips him running because of his suspended sentence relating to an embezzlement case.
Navalny has time denied any wrongdoing, and says the case is politically motivated.
There had been some hypothesis prior to the decision among the opposition that Navalny might be budgeted to run in order to inject more interest into what looks predilection a predictable contest amid Kremlin fears that apathetic voters sway not bother to vote.
Navalny has been jailed three times this year and charged with breaking the law by time again organizing public meetings and rallies.