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Putin critic barred from Russian election

Putin critic barred from Russian election

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Vladimir Putin’s biggest political opponent Alexei Navalny has been formally blocked from running against the Russian President in next year’s presidential election.Russia's central election commission said he had been ruled out because he was subject to a suspended prison sentence.The decision, which was widely expected, comes after the Russian opposition leader's supporters turned out in their thousands across the country to endorse the politician on Sunday.Twelve of the 13 members of the commission voted to block the 41-year-old, with one abstaining, citing a possible conflict of interest.Image:Alexei Navalny's supporters in Moscow on SundayMr Navalny, who claims the corruption conviction against him is politically motivated, has said he plans to appeal the decision. He also called on h
Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

Russia barred from competing in Winter Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has barred Russia from the Winter Olympics this February as punishment for its systematic doping but will allow some individual Russian athletes to take part under a neutral Olympic flag. The IOC's executive committee announced in a statement that it was barring Russia's national Olympic committee from the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The punishment, which will mean that no Russian athletes will compete under the country's colors, came amid intense pressure to punish the country for its alleged state-sponsored cover-up of doping by its athletes. The penalty is unprecedented in Olympic history. In a statement released after it met in Lausanne, Switzerland, the committee said it acted on the recommendations of an IOC commission headed by fo...