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Russia: Alexei Navalny stages last rally ahead of Moscow mayor vote01:00

Russia: Alexei Navalny stages last rally ahead of Moscow mayor vote

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 6, 2013 at 19:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Alexei Navalny stages last rally ahead of Moscow mayor vote

Russian lawyer and political activist Alexei Navalny staged a pre-election rally with about 15,000 supporters along Academician Sakharov Avenue, in Moscow, Friday. The rally took place ahead of elections for mayor of Moscow. Voters will decide who will lead Russia's largest city on Sunday.

"I am thankful to all the people who have come here to show that they are not afraid," Navalny told the crowd. "You have already made a difference. I sense the odds are shifting. I cannot see the far end of this crowd, but the fact that you are here, braving the rain, tells me that a change is on its way."

Navalny, known for his opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, currently trails incumbent mayor Sergey Sobyanin in polls of prospective voters. Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail in July for embezzlement, but is currently free pending appeal.

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Russia: Alexei Navalny stages last rally ahead of Moscow mayor vote

Russian lawyer and political activist Alexei Navalny staged a pre-election rally with about 15,000 supporters along Academician Sakharov Avenue, in Moscow, Friday. The rally took place ahead of elections for mayor of Moscow. Voters will decide who will lead Russia's largest city on Sunday.

"I am thankful to all the people who have come here to show that they are not afraid," Navalny told the crowd. "You have already made a difference. I sense the odds are shifting. I cannot see the far end of this crowd, but the fact that you are here, braving the rain, tells me that a change is on its way."

Navalny, known for his opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin, currently trails incumbent mayor Sergey Sobyanin in polls of prospective voters. Navalny was sentenced to five years in jail in July for embezzlement, but is currently free pending appeal.