Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks during an interview with Reuters in Moscow, Russia, July 12, 2017. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has complained his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services, but said he's not afraid to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency whatever the risks. Navalny, a 41-year-old lawyer who has organized the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in years, hopes to run against Putin in a presidential election in March and told Reuters he plans to call for more big anti-government demonstrations.Navalny has a 9-year-old boy and a 15-year-old daughter.Since being temporarily blinded in one eye in the caustic liquid attack, Navalny sometimes appears with a bodyguard.Navalny, however, points to the Moscow mayoral election in 2013 when he came from a low base to place second with almost one-third of the vote.Putin, when asked at the G-20 in Hamburg earlier this month why he refused to pronounce Navalny's name publicly, said he wasn't interested in a dialogue with people out to promote themselves and again didn't mention Navalny by name.
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