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Putin Critic Navalny Barred From Russian Presidential Election

Reuters reported Monday Russia’s central election commission has voted to bar opposition leader Alexi Navalny from running in 2018’s presidential election. The commission said Navalny was ineligible to run in the race because of a past criminal conviction, the report said. Navalny, Reuters reported, was barred from running after he received a suspended sentence – which the report said he has repeatedly denounced as politically motivated – meaning he could not run for president in March, the commission said. Twelve members of the 13-member commission voted to bar Navalny from running, the report said, as one commissioner abstained, citing a possible conflict of interest. Recent polls show…