Russia bars oppn candidates from Moscow city ballot | 2019-07-17

Russia bars oppn candidates from Moscow city ballot

17 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

MOSCOW: Russian officials on Tuesday refused to register nearly 30 candidates for elections to Moscow’s local parliament including prominent critics of President Vladimir Putin despite protests over the move, reports AFP.

Opposition politicians have been fighting to get on the ballot for September’s elections to the Moscow city legislature as they seek to capitalise on growing public discontent over falling living standards and unchecked corruption.

But many observers say authorities have used spurious reasons to prevent popular allies of opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for the Russian capital’s legislature. On Tuesday, Moscow election officials said they had rejected 27 candidates so far while 216 candidates had been registered for the September 8 election.

Officials are expected to rule on the remaining 47 candidates by the end of the day.

One of the most prominent opposition figures, Ilya Yashin, who is now a local councillor, said late Monday he had been barred from running. Other Kremlin critics including Navalny ally Lyubov Sobol and former MP Dmitry Gudkov were expecting to be disqualified Tuesday.