Russia’s Supreme court refused to allow Navalny to the presidential election

MOSCOW, December 30. /TASS/. Russia’s Supreme court on Saturday upheld the refusal of the Central election Commission (CEC) to register the initiative group for nominating blogger Alexei Navalny as a candidate for the post of President of the Russian Federation, the correspondent of TASS.

“Administrative action Navalny challenging the decision of the Central election Commission to reject”, – announced the decision of the judge.

The Supreme court on Saturday considered the claim Bulk with the requirement to invalidate the CEC’s refusal to register the group of voters in support of self Navalny on elections of the President of the Russian Federation. Navalny in court were not.

The representative of the CEC Sergey Sakharov said in court that the refusal in registration of initiative group Navalny was issued on the basis of a comprehensive analysis of legal norms. “Navalny has been convicted of a serious crime, so he has no right to be elected to the post of President of the Russian Federation to the withdrawal or cancellation of conviction,” said Sugars.

According to the position of the Bulk, the Constitution defines the principles of access to participation in elections, other legislative acts referred to by the CEC contravened the basic law and cannot be enforced. “The Constitution introduces an exhaustive list of the substantive restrictions and does not allow the legislator the authority to impose new restrictions. Therefore seem to be untenable the arguments of the CEC on the limitation of Navalny to participate in elections due to the presence of a criminal record with probation,” said lawyer Navalny Alexander Pomazuev.

The Prosecutor pointed to the presence of Bulk criminal record for a serious offence, which does not allow him to be elected to the post of the President of Russia. “The CEC lawfully refused to register the initiative group on nomination of the candidate Navalny”, – concluded the Prosecutor.

Navalny has repeatedly stated its intention to participate in the presidential campaign, arguing that, according to the Constitution, the right to be elected is not only the one who contains in prison. In turn, the head of the CEC of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova explained that Navalny will be able to participate in the elections after 2028.

Appeal of the decision

Representatives of Navalny told TASS that they intend to appeal the decision of the Supreme court. “We do not agree with the decision,” said Ivan Zhdanov, noting that it will seek review in the appellate court, the Presidium of the Supreme court and constitutional court of Russia.

“This decision was expected. We understand that this decision, along with the refusal of the CEC is a political solution,” – said Zhdanov. The defense will appeal, said a lawyer, however, he said, “our main action in the near future – the “strike of the electorate.”