Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has submitted another appeal to the nation’s courts after he was banned from running against President Vladimir Putin, according to Russian media reports. On Wednesday, Navalny submitted an appeal to appellate body of the Russian Supreme Court after his previous challenge to the ruling by the country’s electoral commission, which banned him from running in this year’s presidential election, was denied. Russia’s Central Elections Commission blocked Navalny from running last month by preventing a group of his supporters from nominating him, on the grounds that Navalny had been convicted of fraud.
“An appeal contesting the decision has been lodged with the appeals panel of the Russian Supreme Court,” Navalny’s lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told Russian news agency Interfax. “The practice of hearings into cases of this category shows that a session on our complaint could be held even before the [New Year] holidays are over [early next week].”
Navalny’s supporters have said that all charges against him are politically motivated.
He has called for a boycott of the March 18 election.