Organization of staff to support Alexei Navalny, declared their participation in the presidential elections, are outside the regulation of the law on elections. It is stated in the statement of the Central election Commission (CEC), which was published on Friday, June 23, on the Agency’s website.
The CEC stressed that currently there is no official electoral campaign for the elections of the head of state is not carried out. “The next presidential elections to be held in March 2018. The decision on appointment of these elections must be made in December 2017,” the statement reads.
Therefore, explain to the CEC, the official nomination of candidates will be possible starting in December 2017. In this regard, the actions of Alexey Navalny are beyond the scope of the official election campaign, said the Agency.
In addition, the CEC recalled the conviction of opposition leader and that he currently does not possess the passive suffrage. At the same time, the Department stressed that although such a restriction was deemed unconstitutional, it should not be indefinite.
June 15, CEC head Ella Pamfilova said that Navalny has no chance to participate in the presidential elections of the President because of a criminal record.
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In February 2017, the Leninsky district court of Kirov sentenced Navalny to five years probation for arranging the theft of property of state enterprise “Kirovles”. Because the court considered that the three years since the verdict has already passed, the sentence Navalny will expire in August 2018.
About plans to run for the presidency also said the LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky and businessman Sergey Polonsky (in custody in the case of large-scale fraud). Did not rule out his participation and the Chairman of the CPRF Gennady Zyuganov. President Vladimir Putin has the right to participate in elections, but so far he has not announced a corresponding intention.