Tag: Moscow Mayoral Race

“Moscow’s People Want Neither Revolution nor Reaction”

September 8, 2013

Moscow’s mayoral election is today, and opposition candidate Alexei Navalny is behind in the polls. Digging through some of the latest polling, it appears that Navalny, while he has growing support, also has very high unfavorability ratings among many who think he’s too radical. This assessment is a translation of an article by a political […]

Putin’s Truth

September 6, 2013

Vladimir Putin has stated that Alexei Navalny’s sentence in the Kirovles affair is not at all related to his opposition activity and cites several episodes proving – in the president’s opinion – that there was normal “violation of current law” by Navalny. The New Times has fact-checked Putin’s statement. In an interview with Channel One […]

What Will Moscow’s Election Matter if Navalny Loses?

September 3, 2013

On September 8th, this upcoming Sunday, Moscow will pick its next mayor. No Russian election in many years has attracted as much national and international buzz as this race. Sergei Sobyanin, the acting mayor and a member of Putin’s party United Russia was facing serious political challenge in the upstart blogger-turned-politician Alexei Navalny. Navalny is […]

“Gotcha” Videos Undermine Russian Opposition’s Credibility

August 29, 2013

Alexei Navalny, the opposition’s candidate for Moscow’s mayor, had a rough few days last weekend. At the end of the week he was given a verbal warning for breaking laws governing campaign literature – laws that it’s very unclear whether Navalny actually broke. Then, over the weekend, Navalny was briefly detained by police, as were […]

Sergei Sobyanin Asked for President’s Permission to Run

August 20, 2013

Alexei Navalny has accused the acting mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, of failing to have an important document, a signature from the President which would allow Sobyanin to run for mayor despite the fact that Sobyanin resigned the post. Meanwhile, new allegations are being thrown at Navalny that his campaign received illegal funding. Navalny has […]

Let Them Talk

July 30, 2013

After significant uncertainty as to whether there would be political debates between the candidates for Moscow’s mayor, or whether the previous mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, would even participate, the rules for the debates have been published. It should be noted that the article describes Sobyanin as the current mayor. Sobyanin, nearing the end of the term, […]