"I assure you, a huge amount of people will not go to this election, would actively boycott this election," he said. "Going to the polls right now is to vote for lies and corruption ... We refuse to call the reappointment of Putin an election."
"We won't have an election because Vladimir Putin is horribly afraid," Mr. Navalny says on a widely distributed video. "He sees a threat in competing with me. The process in which we are called to participate is not a real election. It will feature only Putin and the candidates which he has personally selected."