Tag: Moscow Mayoral Election

What to Do on September 8

September 9, 2013

This is a tongue-in-cheek post about what the Russian opposition should do on election day. Obviously, the election has already past, but this article actually provides a really good “idiot’s guide” to how votes in Russia are counted, and how they are supposed to be. Alexei Navalny is claiming that the incumbent mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, […]

Navalny Pushes For Second Round In Moscow Mayoral Election

Alexei Navalny and his campaign manager maintain that Sergei Sobyanin did not receive more than 50% of the votes, which would force a runoff vote between Sobyanin and Navalny, the top two vote-getters in Moscow’s mayoral election. For more background on yesterday’s elections, click here. For a summary of the election results as of this […]

Weeks Surrounding Moscow Mayor Elections Fraught with Provocations

September 4, 2013

For weeks, social media and Russian newspapers have circulated rumors that Navalny’s supporters were planning riots, and other illegal or nefarious actions, in the lead-up and wake of the September 8th mayoral election in Moscow. Most of these reports have been accusations without any supporting evidence. Now, Izvestia, a newspaper with close ties to the […]

Pollsters Rule Out Second Round in Moscow Election

September 3, 2013

Three leading polling agencies – the All Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), and the Levada Center — agree that the elections in Moscow will take place in one round and that Sergei Sobyanin will win them. Furthermore, Sobyanin will win by a significant margin over the number two candidate, […]

How the Moscow Mayoral Candidates are Winning the Internet

August 30, 2013

Elections for mayor of Moscow will take place on 8 September. The current campaign is the first one where in the struggle for votes, the candidates have turned to promoting their personas on the Internet along with the traditional methods (advertising in the media and offline campaigning). Lenta.ru has studied the official and unofficial sites […]

Navalny Won’t Be Removed From Elections; Given Verbal Warning

August 26, 2013

Opposition candidate for Moscow’s mayor, Alexei Navalny, was arrested over the weekend while speaking to voters. Even before this, however, he was under investigation for using “illegal campaign materials.” The house of one of his supporters was raided, and Navalny has been issued a verbal warning, but Navalny’s camp claims that, so far, no public […]

Who Will Vote in Moscow, and Why?

August 22, 2013

With the September 8 election fast approaching, the Moscow mayoral race is heating up. Thus far, the campaign has been the most contentious in a major Russian election in recent memory, with mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s surprise resignation and bid for reelection, and activist Alexei Navalny’s dramatic entry onto the electoral scene, despite a conviction for […]

The Communists Looked Into the “United Russia” Wallet

August 20, 2013

The Communist Party of the Russian Federation has accused the United Russia party of accepting foreign funds into its campaign chest, funds that could conceivably be put into use during Moscow’s mayoral race. However, election officials deny that United Russia has done anything wrong. These allegations come just after the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia […]

Company Run by Sobyanin’s Daughter Receiving “Too Much Attention From The Media”

August 19, 2013

Alexei Navalny, the leading opposition candidate in the Moscow mayoral race, has been extremely critical of incumbent Mayor Sergei Sobyanin. Sobyanin, who claims to make less money than many of his deputies, has been accused by Navalny of spending much more each year than he reportedly makes. Furthermore, Navalny has recently been blogging about Sobyanin’s daughter […]