Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, center, his wife Yulia is left of him, attend his supporters' meeting that nominated him for the presidential election race in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
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President Vladimir Putin's most formidable foe in all his 18 years in power, Navalny is barred from running because of a criminal conviction that is largely viewed as political retribution.The endorsement was observed by election authorities. Navalny's representative is to file the papers with the Election Commission later on Sunday in the same procedure that Putin, who is also running as an independent, should follow.Polling agencies show 80 percent support for Putin, which almost certainly guarantees him a win, but Navalny has managed to galvanize some of Russia's sleepiest regions with a yearlong grass-roots campaign.
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