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Russia: Alexei Navalny cries foul in Moscow mayor race01:09

Russia: Alexei Navalny cries foul in Moscow mayor race

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 8, 2013 at 15:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Alexei Navalny cries foul in Moscow mayor race

Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny claimed that election results were rigged at a press conference Sunday, when millions of Moscovites came to the Russian capital's polling booths to cast a vote for one of six candidates for the post of Moscow Mayor. With votes still being counted, the election to determine who will lead the government of Russia's largest city is being won won by acting mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Navalny during the meeting with press made it clear that he considers himself to be a victim of a political alignment between the acting mayor and President Putin: "I think that Sobyanin and his main elector Vladimir Putin at that very moment are deciding whether to count votes honestly and organise (hold) the second round or not. Now we return to our headquarters so that they have more food for thought and understand that they won't manage to falsify votes."

Despite being sentenced to five years in prison in July for embezzlement, Navalny was allowed to campaign while free on bail. Outside observers have found no irregularities in voting.

The elections were the first direct elections for Moscow mayor in 10 years. The list of candidates included Sobyanin, Navalny, Michael Degtyarev, Sergei Mitrokhin, Ivan Melnikov and Nikolai Levichev. Sobyanin had been expected to win in a landslide.

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Russia: Alexei Navalny cries foul in Moscow mayor race

Moscow mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny claimed that election results were rigged at a press conference Sunday, when millions of Moscovites came to the Russian capital's polling booths to cast a vote for one of six candidates for the post of Moscow Mayor. With votes still being counted, the election to determine who will lead the government of Russia's largest city is being won won by acting mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Navalny during the meeting with press made it clear that he considers himself to be a victim of a political alignment between the acting mayor and President Putin: "I think that Sobyanin and his main elector Vladimir Putin at that very moment are deciding whether to count votes honestly and organise (hold) the second round or not. Now we return to our headquarters so that they have more food for thought and understand that they won't manage to falsify votes."

Despite being sentenced to five years in prison in July for embezzlement, Navalny was allowed to campaign while free on bail. Outside observers have found no irregularities in voting.

The elections were the first direct elections for Moscow mayor in 10 years. The list of candidates included Sobyanin, Navalny, Michael Degtyarev, Sergei Mitrokhin, Ivan Melnikov and Nikolai Levichev. Sobyanin had been expected to win in a landslide.