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5 things for December 26: Putin foe, Guatemala, Erica Garner, Philippines, Vatican

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( CNN) We heard from so many of you after our special holiday newsletter came out. Thanks for all the love. Now, here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.( You can also get “5 Things You Require to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here .)

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.

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