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Russian opposition candidate's campaign likely to increase frequency of political protests ahead of March 2018 presidential election

19 September 2017


On 17 September 2017, the campaign headquarters of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny announced plans for up to 50 rallies in Russian cities before the end of December 2017, supporting Navalny's candidacy for the 18 March 2018 presidential election.

Navalny announced his intention to run in December 2016, despite potential procedural hurdles that could block his nomination. Despite the lack of official registration, Navalny opened 80 campaign offices nationwide and mobilised over 158,000 campaign volunteers, collecting over 600,000 signatures supporting his nomination. On 15-17 September Navalny held rallies in Murmansk (with 3,000 supporters attending), Yekaterinburg (8,000) and Omsk (6,000), despite local authorities' attempts to block the rallies using various administrative hurdles.

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