Vladimir Putin’s hardest political opponent isn’t allowed to run in opposition to him.
“He’s terrified of all actual pageant,” anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, 41, informed CNN remaining week. “He best lets in the ones to run who don’t even withstand, who don’t even marketing campaign.”
Navalny used to be convicted of fraud remaining 12 months in a case that, he says, prosecutors manufactured as political retribution to stay him from working in opposition to Putin.
Navalny has been arrested again and again for main demonstrations with out the Kremlin’s permission, maximum just lately on Jan. 28, when he marched in Moscow to advertise a “electorate strike” — a boycott of the March 18 presidential election.
Fact-TV superstar Ksenia Sobchak is the one member of the anti-corruption motion to have a spot at the poll, however Navalny is urging fans to not improve her.
Her candidacy, he has stated, is “a loathsome Kremlin recreation that is going by way of the identify of, ‘Let’s put a liberal laughingstock up for the elections as a way to distract consideration.’ ”