Read alsoRussian presidential election: Rallies held for Alexei Navalny - BBCPresident Vladimir Putin had to take a four-year hiatus as prime minister from 2008 to 2012, but has effectively ruled Russian Federation for the past 17 years.
But after Navalny submitted his paperwork, the country's electoral commission barred him from running because he's been convicted for fraud. Navalny, who officials have deemed ineligible to run due to a criminal conviction, addressed the event in Moscow. "He could have run if he [were] given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled". Twelve members of the 13-member commission voted to bar Navalny. One member of the commission abstained, citing a possible conflict of interest.
In a tent erected in a snow-covered forest in west Moscow Mr Navalny told more than 700 supporters who raised small red... Navalny has said he will push for a mass boycott of the election if he is not allowed to compete. "Only Putin and the candidates he has hand-picked are taking part in it".
Kremlin orchestration has been a hallmark of Russian politics under Putin, with some "opposition" political figures actually answering to Putin's party.
Navalny started out as an anti-corruption blogger, and uses the Internet to campaign for support - his Youtube channel is a crucial communication medium. He then takes questions on everything from the army draft - he'd abolish it - to LGBT rights.
Russian Federation will hold its presidential election on March 18 next year.
Hundreds of supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny nominated him for president Sunday, allowing Navalny to file the endorsement papers required for his candidacy and putting pressure on the Kremlin to allow him to run.