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Russian opposition leader Navalny to campaign despite ban

  • FILE- In this file photo taken on Thursday, March 30, 2017, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in court in Moscow, Russia.  Navalny, who organized nationwide anti-corruption protests last month and was arrested immediately on arrival at the rally in Moscow, told The Associated Press that he will continue to campaign to cancel a ban which barres him running for president, before he prepares to run against President Vladimir Putin in the 2018 election. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)

    FILE- In this file photo taken on Thursday, March 30, 2017, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in court in Moscow, Russia. Navalny, who organized nationwide anti-corruption protests last month and was arrested immediately on arrival at the rally in Moscow, told The Associated Press that he will continue to campaign to cancel a ban which barres him running for president, before he prepares to run against President Vladimir Putin in the 2018 election. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken on Friday, March 31, 2017, A leading associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov smiles in a court room during a hearing in Moscow, Russia. Navalny's campaign chief Leonid Volkov told The Associated Press on Thursday the immediate goal of Navalny's campaign is to get the Kremlin to overturn the election ban by showing authorities that the damage from not allowing Navalny to run is greater than the risks of putting him on the ballot. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    In this photo taken on Friday, March 31, 2017, A leading associate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov smiles in a court room during a hearing in Moscow, Russia. Navalny's campaign chief Leonid Volkov told The Associated Press on Thursday the immediate goal of Navalny's campaign is to get the Kremlin to overturn the election ban by showing authorities that the damage from not allowing Navalny to run is greater than the risks of putting him on the ballot. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)  (The Associated Press)

Alexei Navalny's campaign chief says Russia's popular opposition leader will keep campaigning for authorities to cancel an election ban.

Navalny organized nationwide anti-corruption protests last month and was arrested immediately after arriving at the rally in Moscow. He plans to run against President Vladimir Putin in the 2018 presidential election. Navalny's February conviction in a retrial of a fraud case formally has barred him from running for president.

Navalny campaign chief Leonid Volkov told The Associated Press on Thursday the immediate goal of Navalny's campaign is to get the Kremlin to overturn the election ban by showing authorities that the damage from not allowing Navalny to run is greater than the risks of putting him on the ballot.

The anti-corruption rallies organized by Navalny on March 26 were Russia's largest in years.