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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bukovsky Kicks Off Long-Shot Bid

Several hundred supporters gathered Sunday to nominate Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky to run for president in March's election, but official residency requirements will make it hard for him to qualify for the race.

Bukovsky, 64, who lives in Britain, has voiced hope that his experience resisting the KGB in the 1960s and 1970s could galvanize the liberal opposition.

About 800 supporters gathered in the Sakharov Museum to put Bukovsky forward as a candidate to run in the March 2 vote after another bigger venue was canceled -- under pressure from the Federal Security Service, Bukovsky said.

"I am terribly sorry it had to be done in such a way. We wanted a large hall. We arranged it so people would be comfortable, but the FSB intervened and canceled it," he said. His supporters are expected to submit the nomination documents Monday to the Central Elections Commission.

Reuters, AP