26 Dec 2017 15:47

Navalny's calls for boycotting elections should be analyzed for compliance with law - Peskov

MOSCOW. Dec 26 (Interfax) - Opposition leader Alexei Navalny's calls for boycotting the 2018 presidential elections should be analyzed for their compliance with the law, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"The calls for a boycott should certainly be thoroughly analyzed for their compliance or non-compliance with our laws," Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.

The Kremlin cannot comment on the Central Elections Commission's (CEC) decision to bar Navalny from running in the elections, he said.

In making this decision, the CEC was guided exclusively by existing electoral laws, he said.

The CEC decided on Monday to deny registration to an action group supporting Navalny's self-nomination as a presidential candidate as he was not eligible to be elected due to his past conviction.

Navalny insisted at the CEC session that he had the right to run in the elections based on a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgment. After the CEC pronounced its decision, Navalny said he was determined to appeal it with the Constitutional Court.