Alexei Navalny moves step forward in Presidential bid; against Vladimir Putin

41-yr-old Navalny is a fierce opponent of President Vladimir Putin

Alexei Navalny moves step forward in Presidential bid; against Vladimir Putin

With elections in Russia impending, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has once again gained prominence as someone who can challenge Vladimir Putin, the incumbent President of Russia.

Navalny, however, cleared the first hurdle towards taking part in next year’s presidential election even though the central election commission has previously ruled him ineligible to run.

The 41-yr-old Navalny is a fierce opponent of President Vladimir Putin, who has already announced contesting the re-election and is also expected to win after being 17 years in power.

A veteran campaigner against corruption among Russia’s elite, he won the initial support of 742 people at a gathering in a district of Moscow – above the minimum 500 required to initiate a presidential bid.

On Sunday evening, Navalny submitted the documents to the central election commission needed to be registered as a candidate.

Navalny has been jailed three times this year on charges of repeatedly organising public meetings and rallies in violation of existing laws.

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