MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. The Central election Commission of Russia refused to register the group of voters in support of self in presidential elections of the Russian Federation journalist Oleg Lurie for criminal record of a potential candidate. The decision was taken on Monday at a meeting of the Commission.

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As reported by CEC member Boris Ebzeev, Lurie was sentenced to four years and was released from prison in 2011. “The crime which was imputed to the applicant and confirmed by the sentence of the court is serious. In this regard, the CEC there is no way to satisfy the petition of Oleg Anatolyevich and register the group that took the decision on his nomination,” he said.

By law, a citizen convicted of a felony may not participate in the elections within 10 years after the withdrawal and cancellation of conviction.

Lurie filed documents to the CEC on Sunday evening, December 24 . He came to the Central election Commission simultaneously with the blogger Alexei Navalny about 19:30 GMT. On the previously approved schedule the Central election Commission accepted documents from candidates on Sunday until 15:00 GMT, however due to the large influx of candidates working day the Commission was extended.

Earlier documents for nomination as a presidential candidate has already filed to the CEC, the leader of LDPR Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the business Ombudsman, the head of the Party of growth Boris Titov, the founder of “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky, blogger Alexei Navalny, head of the “Communists of Russia” Maxim suraykin, Chairman of the “Russian national Union”, former Vice-speaker of the Duma Sergei Baburin, the businessman Sergey Polonsky, the crane operator Natalia Lisitsyna, nominated by the political party “Russian United labour front”, the leader of the party “Female dialogue” Elena Semerikova and TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak.