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Russia: Thousands demand fair elections at authorised Moscow rally 01:56

Russia: Thousands demand fair elections at authorised Moscow rally

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 17, 2019 at 13:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands gathered for an authorised rally under the slogan 'For fair and clean elections, power of law and social rights' at Moscow’s Akademika Sakharova Avenue on Saturday.

Police said 4,000 demonstrators joined the rally organised by the Communist Party of Russia at the location of last week's rally in support of disqualified candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections.

Protests have been taking place in Moscow since July after the Central Election Commission barred 57 candidates from running in the city council election. Opposition politicians Ilya Yashin, Lyubov Sobol, Dmitry Gudkov and Ivan Zhdanov who were among the disqualified candidates claimed the decision was political.

Election officials said too many of the signatures that the politicians needed to collect to be admitted were considered invalid.

Russia: Thousands demand fair elections at authorised Moscow rally 01:56
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Thousands gathered for an authorised rally under the slogan 'For fair and clean elections, power of law and social rights' at Moscow’s Akademika Sakharova Avenue on Saturday.

Police said 4,000 demonstrators joined the rally organised by the Communist Party of Russia at the location of last week's rally in support of disqualified candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections.

Protests have been taking place in Moscow since July after the Central Election Commission barred 57 candidates from running in the city council election. Opposition politicians Ilya Yashin, Lyubov Sobol, Dmitry Gudkov and Ivan Zhdanov who were among the disqualified candidates claimed the decision was political.

Election officials said too many of the signatures that the politicians needed to collect to be admitted were considered invalid.

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