Larisa Kopteva, the head of the civil rights department in the Prosecutor General’s Office, cited federal law to explain why Navalny was barred.

Due to Navalny’s suspended sentence of five years imprisonment in an embezzlement case, the opposition leader cannot run in any election at any level, she said.

Earlier in October, the head of Russia’s Central Elections Commission Ella Pamfilova said Navalny could only run in 2028, after his sentence expired.