>> Outspoken Vladimir Putin critic, Aleksei Navalny, has been barred from running in Russia's Presidential Election. The country's Central Election Commission voted on the decision on Monday, deciding the opposition leader was ineligible, because of a past criminal conviction, which the 41 year old says was trumped up. Navalny has been jailed three times this year, and charged with breaking the law by repeatedly organizing public meetings and rallies.
He has been a fierce opponent of Russian President Putin, who is widely expected to win re-election in March, extending 17 years in power.>>
Following Monday's decision, Navalny immediately called for his supporters to boycott the election, and said he would appeal the verdict ruling him out of a run at the presidency.>>