NEWSWATCH: “With court ruling, Kremlin moves to block political biggest threat: Navalny. The ruling reinstating a guilty verdict for anticorruption blogger Alexei Navalny effectively rules him out of next year’s presidential race. But it may help him remain a viable Kremlin opponent.” – Christian Science Monitor/Fred Weir

Kremlin and River

“The legal odyssey of Russia’s best-known opposition leader, anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny, has been mindbogglingly complicated, full of twists and turns. … with a simple and totally predictable political result. … a regional court’s ruling … upheld … Navalny’s embezzlement conviction and handed him a five-year suspended sentence … [making it] almost impossible for him to run against … Putin … in elections in March 2018. … significant because unlike much of Russia’s fragmented and fractious opposition – especially … liberals … associated in the public mind with the disastrous 1990s – File Photo of Alexei Navalny Being Grabbed by Police at Protest Navalny seemed to be a new type of insurgent politician who could unite anti-Kremlin support among a wide range of Russians. … when he was allowed to run for Moscow mayor in late 2013 against the Kremlin’s choice, Sergei Sobyanin … [he] stunned the establishment by winning 27 percent of the vote. …”

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