Putin ally wins close Moscow poll, Navalny vows protests
Opposition candidate in Moscow mayoral race, Alexei Navalny, speaks to the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow, on September 8, 2013. Navalny on Monday warned of protests after narrowly failing to push Moscow's pro-Kremlin mayor into a run-off in tight elections he claimed were marred by falsifications. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday warned of protests after narrowly failing to push Moscow’s pro-Kremlin mayor into a run-off in tight elections he claimed were marred by falsifications.
In a nationwide day of local polls whose results may worry the Kremlin, opposition anti-drugs campaigner Yevgeny Roizman also defeated the pro-Kremlin candidate in elections for Russia’s fourth-largest city Yekaterinburg. Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin (C) meeting his supporters during the final rally of his campaign in Moscow, September 6, 2013.
Sobyanin just crept over the finish line to win 51.3 percent of votes in Sunday’s poll, which analysts saw as a crucial test of the protest mood in Russia over a year into President Vladimir Putin’s new Kremlin term. Sobyanin, a long time ally of Putin, won 51.32 percent of the vote and Navalny 27.27 percent, the Moscow election commission said, in a count based on 99.6 percent of polling stations reporting.
But Navalny, 37, insisted he had managed to force the mayor into a second round and vowed street protests if the authorities did not acknowledge Sobyanin had polled less than 50 percent. The city authorities have already allowed Navalny to hold a rally of up to 2,500 people in central Moscow on Monday evening, during which he has promised to decide future strategy.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin votes at a polling station during a mayoral election in Moscow, on September 8, 2013. The candidacy of the charismatic anti-corruption crusader Navalny made the race the first genuinely competitive Russian election since the heady early post-Soviet years.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories