Putin says Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with volunteers at his campaign office for the upcoming presidential election in Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with volunteers at his campaign office for the upcoming presidential election in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

January 11, 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was Washington’s pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

Russia’s central election commission last month barred Navalny from taking part in a March presidential election, ruling he was ineligible due to a suspended prison sentence on charges he says were trumped up.

The United States and the European Union criticized the decision, while Navalny said he would encourage people to boycott the vote and would organize a protest rally.

Putin, who is running for a fourth presidential term which polls show he should comfortably win, described U.S. criticism of the central election’s commission’s decision as crude interference in Russia’s internal affairs.

“The person you mentioned (Navalny) is not the only one who hasn’t been allowed to run (in the election), but for some reason they are not talking about the other people,” Putin told Russian newspaper editors in a meeting broadcast on state TV.

“That obviously shows the U.S. administration’s preferences when it comes to who they want to lead other countries, who they want to move forward in Russian politics, and who they’d like to see in the country’s leadership.”

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn/Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Andrew Roche)

2 Comments on "Putin says Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency"

  1. Jason Traxler | January 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm |

    Mutual respect is good. Spontaneous love is not. Spontaneous love is usually one-sided. Putin was unfaithful to his lover who gave him an uranium engagement ring. Now she ih having her one-night-stand, Steele, prepare another dosier. What does that make Steele? This is the stuff of a cheap love novel.

  2. I bet the demoncratic party is backing Navalny in Russia to get even for Russia backing President Trump!

    It is all becoming very clear now that the Russians and American demoncrats have a HATE relationship unless king o & the klinton krime family are selling American assets to Russia, then these two groups REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER, especially Bill.

    It was noted that Bill took a suitcase full of cigars to Russia when he gave his speech and came back having never smoked one of them but said he hid them for safe keeping in Russia until his triumph next speaking engagement!

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