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First of 951 Navalny's Lawsuits to Annul Moscow Election Rejected
23.09.2013 17:05
First of 951 Navalny's Lawsuits to Annul Moscow Election Rejected

A Moscow city court on Friday rejected the first of 952 lawsuits by runner-up mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny seeking to annul the September 8 election over alleged violations.

      The remaining 951 lawsuits, each detailing a specific violation, were still pending separate review, said Navalny, who officially garnered 27.2 percent of the vote versus the 51.3 percent had by former Kremlin administration head and incumbent Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

      The court will release its reasoning behind Friday’s rejection next week. A representative of Navalny has already said the opposition leader’s legal team would appeal the verdict.

      Navalny claimed that Sobyanin’s staff mass-mailed campaign letters to Muscovites in violation of Russian privacy law; published campaign articles in a city-run newspaper on the day before the vote, a time when campaigning was prohibited; and sent city-funded food baskets to senior citizens, also as part of the campaign.

      In its turn, Moscow City Hall representative said in the courtroom Friday that the food baskets were gifts for City Day, celebrated on the day before the election. The representative also said the newspaper’s editorial department was responsible for choosing when to publish the articles and it were printing offices to be blamed for using personal data for campaign letters.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Moscow elections 2013 Alexey Navalny Russian politics Russian courts  

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