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.
Mr Navalny was found guilty of embezzlement in February and given a five-year suspended prison sentence in a court case he says was organised to stop him running for president.
He was also arrested and jailed temporarily for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a protest in March.
It comes just weeks after a series of mass protests in cities across Russia against the perceived corruption of Vladimir Putin’s government. 
Mr Navalny, who has campaigned against government corruption for years, was attacked with a form of green acid which almost blinded him at his offices at the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Moscow in April.
The 41-year-old released a 50-minute documentary in March accusing Russia’s Prime Minister and …