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Crafty Russian strongman Vladimir Putin figured out a way to guarantee that he wins re-election next year — by banning his chief rival from running.

The Central Election Commission decided unanimously that the anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny can’t run for president, prompting him to call for a boycott of the vote.

Navalny was barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case which has been viewed as political retribution.

To read more on The New York Post:

https://nypost.com/2017/12/25/putin-bans-top-rival-from-running-against-him-next-year/

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