The prominent Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, has had his bid to become mayor of Moscow accepted. The opposition leader wants to campaign in September’s election to run Russia’s capital.
But his hopes could be dashed as a verdict is due on Thursday over embezzlement charges he faces that could see him jailed for up to six years if convicted.
Navalny, 37, was briefly detained last week after filing his electoral bid. He said he expected to be found guilty and to be given a suspended term or put behind bars. Either result will rule him out of the running for the Moscow job.