Earlier today, a Russian court ruled that Aleksei A. Navalny, a political rival of current president Vladimir Putin, couldn’t run that for president. The court cited a four-year-old conviction that restricts him from a presidential run according to the country’s laws.
Navalny has been an opponent of Putin for quite some time. In 2011, 2012, and 2013, he led street protests and has repeatedly blown the whistle on corrupt politicians.
Though he was convicted of defrauding a state run company, Navalny insists that he is innocent and that the accusations are politically charged. He has also been accused of defrauding a French perfume company and stealing street art. Interestingly, before the court’s decision was announced, the government already began dismantling Navalny’s campaign, including unplugging his online campaign fundraising account. Personally, I think this is suspicious and is indicative of corrupt politics.
Ultimately, I doubt that anybody would be surprised by this: Putin is known to be a corrupt leader. But will this have any effect on other countries’ relationships with Russia?
Read the New York Times article here.