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    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who came second in Moscow's recent mayoral election, has appealed the Moscow City Court's refusal to annul the election results, the court's press office told RAPSI on Friday.

    MOSCOW, November 9 (RAPSI) – Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who came second in Moscow's recent mayoral election, has appealed the Moscow City Court's refusal to annul the election results, the court's press office told RAPSI on Friday.

    The complaint will be forwarded to the Supreme Court, the court's spokesperson said.

    One major lawsuit was filed with the Moscow City Court and 951 minor ones lodged with other courts in the Russian capital. The lawsuits are based on Navalny's claims of uneven media coverage for the candidates, as well as alleged attempts to sway the votes of Moscow's senior citizens by unlawful means.

    The mayoral election took place in Moscow on September 8. Navalny received 27.24 percent of the vote, compared with the 51.37 percent received by incumbent Sergei Sobyanin, a former Kremlin official, according to the city's election commission.

    Independent election monitor Golos, which deployed a network of election observers, placed Sobyanin's result at 49.45 percent and Navalny's at 28.56 percent.

    Navalny claimed earlier on his blog that at least 28,000 ballots, or 2 percent of the vote, were rigged to give Sobyanin more than 50 percent, thereby ruling out a runoff.

     

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