Number of contenders for post of Moscow mayor grows to 16

Two more people filed their documents in the Moscow City Elections Commission for nomination as a candidates in the future Moscow mayoral election on Thursday, Interfax was told at the commission.

"Documents were filed by the chairman of the Central Committee of the Communists of Russia party Maxim Suraikin nominated by his party and by lawyer Vyacheslav Makarov, born in 1956, an independent candidate," a spokesman for the commission said.

This brings the total number of contenders for the post to 16.

Sergei Tolmachyov, an unemployed man born in 1981 has filed his documents in the Moscow City Elections Commission for nomination as a candidate in the future Moscow mayoral election, Interfax was told at the commission on Thursday.

"Tolmachyov submitted his self-nomination. He became the 14th contender for the post of Moscow mayor," a spokesman for the commission said.

Earlier on Thursday Alexander Gorlov, an electrician working for Stankin Technical University, also filed his documents for nomination.

"Gorlov, born in 1963, filed his documents as an independent candidate, therefore he will have to collect supporting petitions from both local deputies and voters to be registered as candidate," a commission spokesman said.

Mikhail Frolov, rector of the Institute of CIS Studies, also presented his papers to the Moscow City Elections Commission.

Igor Suzdaltsev (businessman) and Alexei Denisov (a 30-year-old unemployed man) were the first ones to submit their documents as independent contenders on June 11.

Ivan Karpushkin (businessman) filed his documents on June 13, rock musician Sergei (aka Pauk) Troitsky , Svetlana Peunova (chairman of the political party Volya) - on June 14, and Sergei Mitrokhin (chairman of the party Yabloko), opposition activist Alexei Navalny (nominated by the party RPR-PARNAS), and State Duma deputy Mikhail Degtyaryov (nominated by the Liberal Democratic Party) - on June 15.

Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and researcher from VNIIsistem research center Valery Ruchnov applied on Monday, June 17 as independent candidates, and vice speaker of the State Duma Ivan Melnikov as a Communist Party candidate - on Wednesday, June 19.

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