Navalny is the only candidate who has the potential to challenge President Donald Trump in 2018, and he has made it clear he is willing to take on the president in the coming months.
His campaign has been bolstered by his ability to get out the vote and has raised over $30 million so far in the campaign.
Navalny’s candidacy has raised eyebrows because he is known for his controversial comments, but his popularity has been growing over the past year and a half.
A number of people in the United States and around the world have already declared their support for Navalny.
Navalny was first elected to the Russian parliament in 2006, and his anti-corruption campaign garnered the support of more than 50 percent of Russians.
He served as the head of the Committee for Peace and Justice for the first six years of his term, which ended in 2013.
The opposition party leader has since been charged with abuse of office, inciting subversion and other charges and has repeatedly called for the arrest of his own country’s president, Vladimir Putin.
While he has not officially declared his candidacy for the 2018 presidential election, Navalny has said he will be running for the Russian presidency in 2020, and is now looking to run in the presidential election for the same reason.