An anti-corruption activist has announced he will run for president of Russia in the 2018 election after a ban against him running for political office was removed last month.

Alexei Navalny, 40, is the leader of the opposition Party of Progress and has been one of the most vocal critics of current Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he accuses of graft and corruption.

Navalny made the announcement Tuesday via a video statement posted on his new campaign website.

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