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    How Do You Meddle in a One-Man Election?

    Even his hashtags are “illegal.” The efforts by Alexei Navalny to become president of Russia couldn’t be more quixotic. YouTube’s reportedly apologized for blocking one of the opposition leader’s videos containing banned hashtags, translated as #Navalny2018 and #strike. The latter refers to the boycott, already threatened with a legal crackdown, urged by the disqualified challenger to incumbent Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, Moscow says Washington’s refused a pact forbidding election meddling — either way — while Kremlin Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sarcastically lamented that Russia doesn’t get enough credit for interfering in many nations’ polls.

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