Russia’s main opposition leader has blamed the government for hindering his campaigning for next year’s presidential election.
Alexei Navalny said the authorities are punishing him for rallying his supporters and attempting to stop him appearing on television.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny tells
NatVasilyevaAP</a> he could win the presidential election despite Putin's popularity, but not if he's barred from using major media _ or from running at all. Read the full interview: <a href="https://t.co/3Hf9eB0oUe">https://t.co/3Hf9eB0oUe</a> <a href="https://t.co/FhiZCxOQCq">pic.twitter.com/FhiZCxOQCq</a></p>— AP Europe (AP_Europe) December 19, 2017
President Vladimir Purtin is widely expected to win a fourth term.