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Russian court refuses to consider lawsuit against Putin

AP  |  Moscow 

A Moscow has refused to consider Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's suit against President over authorities' repeated refusals to sanction his supporters' rallies.

The Tverskoy announced today it won't take up Navalny's lawsuit because it failed to meet judicial criteria. Navalny has alleged that Putin ordered officials to withhold permission for the rallies fearing a challenge in next March's presidential vote.

Putin hasn't said if he will seek another term, but he's widely expected to run. Navalny has said he intends to join the race even though a criminal conviction that he calls politically motivated bars him from running.

The anti-corruption crusader has organised a grassroots campaign to support his presidential bid and staged waves of protests this year to raise pressure on the Kremlin.

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First Published: Wed, November 08 2017. 22:02 IST