Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been banned from taking part in next year's presidential election (election commission)
Russia's Central Election Commission (CEC) voted on Monday (December 25) to deny blogger Alexei Navalny the right to run in a presidential election next year, saying he was ineligible because of a past conviction for a grave crime.
The commission said the conviction, for which Navalny received a suspended sentence and which he has repeatedly described as politically-motivated, meant he could not run for president in March.
Twelve members of the 13-member commission voted to bar Navalny. One member of the commission abstained, citing a possible conflict of interest.
Polls show President Vladimir Putin is on course to be comfortably re-elected, meaning he could remain in power until 2024.
Navalny, 41, has been jailed three times this year and charged with breaking the law by repeatedly organising public meetings and rallies.