Russia's election commission says Navalny cannot run for presidency

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Volkov is the campaign manager of Alexei Navalny, Russia's most popular opposition leader who wants to run for president next year.

"Navalny does not have passive suffrage", said the statement, meaning he was ineligible to run for office.

Tens of thousands of anti-corruption protesters took to the streets across Russian Federation on Sunday in the biggest show of defiance since 2011-2012 anti-government protests.

The country has been gripped by a series of mass protests in cities across Russian Federation in recent weeks against the perceived corruption of Vladimir Putin's government.

Angel Di Maria handed one-year suspended jail term for tax fraud
Former Barca defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year . Barcelona's Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine past year for tax fraud.

Navalny is now serving a 25-day sentence in police cells as the organiser of an unauthorised protest after demonstrations on June 12, in which more than 1,700 people were detained nationwide. Hundreds of people were detained the same day.

Rejecting the verdict, he vowed to make a new appeal to the ECHR, and argued that, under the constitution, only people actually in prison could not stand for election.

President Vladimir Putin is expected to stand for a fourth Kremlin term in the March 2018 election, but has yet to confirm this.

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