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Russia: Alexei Navalny’s Election Boycott Campaign May Be Illegal

The Kremlin said Tuesday that Russian officials should review anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny’s calls for an election boycott to determine if he is breaking the law. Over the weekend, Russia’s top election body formally barred the opposition leader from running in the March election, in which President Vladimir Putin is seeking a third term. Navalny said such a ban demonstrates that “Putin is terribly scared and is afraid of running against me.” Navalny put out a call for his supporters to stay away from the vote in protest.