Moscow elections commission registers Navalny as Moscow mayoral candidate

The Moscow City Elections Commission decided on Wednesday to register opposition activist Alexei Navalny, nominated by the Republican Party-PARNAS for Moscow mayor, as a candidate in the mayoral elections scheduled for September 8, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The Moscow City Elections Commission decided on Wednesday to register opposition activist Alexei Navalny, nominated by the Republican Party-PARNAS for Moscow mayor, as a candidate in the mayoral elections scheduled for September 8, an Interfax correspondent reported.

"The decision was made unanimously," Moscow City Elections Commission Chairman Valentin Gorbunov said.

The commission members did not find any flaws in the documents Navalny submitted earlier for registration.

Navalny has become the sixth officially registered mayoral candidate. Such registration was earlier granted to Ivan Melnikov of the Communist Party, Mikhail Degtyaryov of the Liberal-Democratic Party, Nikolai Levichev of the A Just Russia party, acting Moscow mayor and self-nominee Sergei Sobyanin, and Yabloko party leader Sergei Mitrokhin.

The other more than 30 individuals who earlier declared their intention to run for the office of Moscow mayor failed to collect the necessary number of signatures from municipal lawmakers and regular voters to legitimize their candidacy, and they will therefore be denied registration.

Meanwhile, acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told that opposition activist Alexei Navalny will continue his mayoral election campaign in Moscow after a Kirov court hands down its ruling in a criminal case against Navalny on Thursday.

"To be honest, I don't know what prospects candidate Navalny has. We have done all we could to have him registered, so that Muscovites have a broader choice among the Moscow mayoral candidates," Sobyanin told journalists on Wednesday.

"As for the trial, I am not a great procedure specialist. I believe that whatever ruling the first level court hands down, this will not change anything for [Navalny] and he will continue his election campaign," Sobyanin said.

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