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Navalny says he will sue Putin

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By Catherine Hardy  with RFE/RL
Navalny says he will sue Putin

<p>Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny says he will sue President Vladimir Putin and his administration over what he called a coordinated effort to thwart his campaign for the March 2018 presidential election.</p> <p>Writing on his website on November 1, Navalny said in recent days, the authorities across Russia have refused to let him and his team organise public meetings with voters.</p> <h3>What did he say?</h3> <p>That the obstacles are being “coordinate” personally by Putin, asserting that the president is concerned by the numbers of people attending his rallies.</p> <p>He also said his staff would start holding campaign meetings on private land to avoid the need to obtain permission from local authorities.</p> <h3>Is there strong opposition to his candidature?</h3> <p>Yes. Navalny is campaigning for the election in defiance of officials who have said he is not eligible to run because of a felony embezzlement conviction that he says was politically motivated.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Alexei <a href="https://twitter.com/navalny?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>navalny</a> is definitively barred from running in next year’s presidential elections. Really. <a href="https://t.co/toGjwsSRUV">https://t.co/toGjwsSRUV</a> <a href="https://t.co/AXVKcn37zj">pic.twitter.com/AXVKcn37zj</a></p>— The Moscow Times (</code>MoscowTimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/MoscowTimes/status/923110753649025024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">25 octobre 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>He has riled the Kremlin with reports alleging corruption in Putin’s government. He got 27% of the vote in a Moscow mayoral election in 2013.</p> <h3>Is Vladimir Putin going to stand?</h3> <p>He has not yet announced his candidacy, but is widely expected to seek a fourth Kremlin term.</p>