Dec 13

Russian opposition leader Navalny announces presidential bid:

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday officially announced his bid to run in the 2018 presidential election, a move that political observers say puts pressure on President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

Navalny said in a video statement posted on a new campaign website that “I will take part in the struggle for the post of president of Russia.” Russia’s most widely-known opposition figure and a leading anti-corruption activist, Navalny has repeatedly said that Putin and his inner circle are guilty of graft and has successfully tapped into popular anger at the lavish lifestyle led by some of Russia’s elite.

Navalny, 40, is currently on trial on fraud charges in a regional Russian city in a case that his supporters say is politically motivated. If convicted, he would be barred from running for public office.

H/t reader squodgy.

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