Opposition leader misses run-off by 1 per cent, official figures show
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has demanded a recount in the Moscow mayoral election after official results showed the incumbent avoided a run-off by just 1 per cent.
The Moscow Election Commission said that former Kremlin chief of staff and incumbent mayor Sergei Sobyanin had won just over 51 per cent of the vote while Mr Navalny garnered 27 per cent.
It was a surprisingly strong result for the opposition leader after his recent conviction for embezzlement on charges he insists were politically motivated, but for which he received five years.
Communist candidate Ivan Melnikov came third with just over 10.6 per cent of the vote, while other contenders merely made up the numbers.
“What we are seeing now are clear falsifications,” claimed Mr Navalny.
“We demand a second round. If that is not done … we will appeal to the citizens and ask them to take to the streets of Moscow.”
Elsewhere, anti-drugs campaigner Yevgeny Roizman defeated the pro-Kremlin candidate in mayoral elections in Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city.
Mr Roizman won 30.11 per cent of the vote while ruling United Russia candidate Yakov Silin came second with 26.48 per cent.