Russia: Kremlin party claims victory in local elections

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image CaptionThe opposition says it has made a profit in Tomsk city council

Russia’s main pro-Kremlin party is claiming a clear victory in local elections, which is considered a major test of its popularity.

A top United Russia official said that all its candidates for governor were well ahead and were determined to win prominence in all regional assemblies.

But the opposition said it won seats in Siberian cities. There have been many reports of irregularities.

The vote came just weeks after Novichok was suspected of poisoning opposition leader Alexi Navalny.

His team was urging the Russian people to vote strictly against United Russia.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation promised support for the candidates, which it considered best for the dissidents of the ruling party, which he describes as “a party of crooks and thieves”.

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Mr Navalny’s camp believes the expedition may have been so he was attacked, says Sarah Rainford of the BBC in Moscow.

His team alleges that he was poisoned at the behest of President Vladimir Putin – the Kremlin denies any involvement.

Mr. Navalny, who fell ill in Russia on August 20, is now undergoing treatment in Germany. Last week, doctors at Berlin’s Charity Hospital said he was out of an induced coma and his condition had improved.

Concerned about irregularities

Secretary of the General Council of the United States, Alexei Turachak, said the party’s success was based on exit polls and preliminary counting figures.

“All candidates from United Russia in the election [governor] The Russian media was quoted as saying that she was winning in the first round.

“Also at the level of assemblies and rumples [parliaments] In administrative regions, United Russia has remained a steady prominence in all regions without exception. “

But the independent watchdog group Golos has reported that observers have been prevented from viewing and complaining about the documents, and that ballot boxes have been filled and papers inserted by real voters have been switched.

There was also concern that an outbreak of coronaviruses allowed early voting on 11–12 September, causing irregularities.

Meanwhile, the opposition candidates claimed some success.

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image CaptionAlexei Navalny is calling for so-called smart voting system

The AFP quoted Kensia Fadeiwa, the head of Mr. Navalny’s office in Tomsk, as the city in which he was poisoned, saying that he and another Navalny colleague had won seats on the city council.

Novosibirsk representative Sergei Boiko of Mr. Navalny also won a council seat in that city.

These are the first elections since controversial constitutional reforms were approved in a July referendum that allowed Mr. Putin to remain in power until 2036.

He is also seen as a dry run for next year’s national parliament elections.

There were mass protests in the capital Moscow last year, following the exclusion of several opposition candidates from a local election.

Officers were then accused of giving overwhelming responses at rallies that saw more than 1,000 people receive prison sentences of up to four years in prison.

Following the arrest of a popular governor fuel resentment against Moscow’s regime, the far eastern city of Khabarovsk has seen regular Putin rallies since July.

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