Next year is a presidential election year in Russia. We know that President Vladimir Putin is going to run for re-election
. We also know who won’t be running against him. Opposition activist Alexey Navalny had planned a run against Putin
in the March 2018 race, but the country’s Central Election Commission has nixed that notion
, quoting his sentence on an embezzlement charge. Russian statute avoids convicted criminals from running for public office, but Navalny and his supporters say the conviction was politically motivated. Navalny plans to appeal the commission’s decision.