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Russian opposition leader Navalny starts presidential bid

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By Euronews
Russian opposition leader Navalny starts presidential bid

<p>The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has opened his presidential election campaign office in Perm. </p> <p>He met local volunteers from the campaign and discussed an upcoming nationwide anti-corruption protest on Monday. The opposition leader plans to open 77 affiliated offices around Russia to push his bid to become president next year. </p> <p>“I’m not satisfied with this for many, many years. That’s why I began this election campaign,” Navalny told supporters. “That’s why I go from one region to another saying simple things: ‘Guys, I’m not satisfied with this, you’re not satisfied with this.’ But for 18 years everybody has kept silent.”</p> <p>Navalny has emerged as a major irritant for the Kremlin after thousands of people across Russia attended anti-graft protests he organised in March. He revived some Russians’ interest in politics by publicising what he says are outrageous cases of top government officials and Kremlin-connected businessmen abusing the system to amass huge wealth.</p>