Russia’s election commission says Navalny can not run for presidency

Russian opposition leader Navalny attends a hearing for his appeal against his 30-day jail sentence, at a court in Moscow

(Reuters) – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny can not run for presidency because of his criminal conviction, the Central Election Commission, said in a statement on Friday.

“Navalny does not have passive suffrage,” said the statement, meaning he was ineligible to run for office.

Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement in February and given a five-year suspended prison sentence in a court case he says was organized to stop him running for president.

(Reporting by Kevin O’Flynn; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin)