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Russia: Grudinin to shave his moustache only if he hears 'elections were fair'00:45

Russia: Grudinin to shave his moustache only if he hears 'elections were fair'

Russian Federation, Moscow
March 19, 2018 at 11:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Communist Party presidential candidate Pavel Grudinin refused to shave his moustache despite losing a pre-election bet, when speaking at a press-conference in Moscow on Monday.

Grudinin said that "as soon as he [Russian blogger and journalist Yuri Dud] says on camera that he considers these elections to be fair, absolutely fair, I will shave [my moustache] right in front of him. But I want to hear from him first that these elections were fair."

Last month, Grudinin made a bet with Dud that he would shave his moustache if Grudinin received less than 15 percent of the vote in the presidential election. The two also agreed that Grudinin would shave his hair if he received 15 percent or more.

According to information made public by the Central Election Commission of Russia (CEC), Grudinin secured 11.8 percent of the vote while incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin was supported by 76.6 percent of the vote. Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky came third with 5.66 percent and presidential candidate for Civic Initiative party Ksenia Sobchak received 1.67 percent of the vote, placing her at fourth place.

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Russian Communist Party presidential candidate Pavel Grudinin refused to shave his moustache despite losing a pre-election bet, when speaking at a press-conference in Moscow on Monday.

Grudinin said that "as soon as he [Russian blogger and journalist Yuri Dud] says on camera that he considers these elections to be fair, absolutely fair, I will shave [my moustache] right in front of him. But I want to hear from him first that these elections were fair."

Last month, Grudinin made a bet with Dud that he would shave his moustache if Grudinin received less than 15 percent of the vote in the presidential election. The two also agreed that Grudinin would shave his hair if he received 15 percent or more.

According to information made public by the Central Election Commission of Russia (CEC), Grudinin secured 11.8 percent of the vote while incumbent Russian president Vladimir Putin was supported by 76.6 percent of the vote. Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky came third with 5.66 percent and presidential candidate for Civic Initiative party Ksenia Sobchak received 1.67 percent of the vote, placing her at fourth place.

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