According to the Chairman of the Central Election Committee of Russian Federation (CEC), Ella Pamfilova, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will not be able to run for the upcoming presidential election due to his criminal record, Dozhd reports.
"I understand - and he understands this - that he has no chance to be registered in the election due to his conviction," Pamfilova said.
She added that as the official who heads the structure obliged to register candidates, she does not currently have the right to express her own position regarding potential candidates.
"Although he has practically no chance to register, and now there are no candidates at all," the Chairman of the CEC noted.
On June 12, protest actions organized by the opposition took place across Russian cities. In Moscow, about 4,500 people attended them; of those, 825 were detained, according to Russian media. About 3,500 protested in St. Petersburg; of those, about 500 were detained.
Navalny was detained at the entrance of his house before the rally even began. On the night of June 12-13, the court sentenced him to arrest for 30 days for disobeying police officers (article 19.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses), and again violating the procedure for organizing a mass event (part 8, article 20.2).