Tag: Sergei Sobyanin

Navalny Answers the Hard Questions with Hard Answers

July 27, 2013

Since being released from prison following his five-year sentence for embezzlement charges, Alexey Navalny’s campaign for mayor of Moscow has come under intense scrutiny, both from pro-Kremlin and oppositional quarters. Below, Interpreter translator Catherine A. Fitzpatrick weighs some of the controversies surrounding Navalny’s nationalism, his past comments about minorities and foreigners and his plan for barring […]

Golos Equates Mayoral and Presidential Elections

July 17, 2013

The Golos movement has proposed to acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin that video surveillance be provided for the mayoral elections on 8 September. Kommersant learned at the Moscow City Electoral Commission that the Moscow mayor’s office will have to allocate funds. Sobyanin’s campaign headquarters called Golos’ idea “not bad.” – Ed. Golos, the movement in […]

Five Moscow Mayoral Candidates and Their Money

July 12, 2013

Along with the signatures and documents needed for registration in the elections for mayor of Moscow, the candidates provided their first financial reports on the contributions and expenditures of their campaign funds. Thus, acting mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin has received almost 36 million rubles in his campaign fund, but the communist Ivan Melnikov isn’t […]

Mitrokhin: “If I Become Mayor, I Will Disband the Moscow City Duma”

June 18, 2013

Because he was unable to rid himself of his foreign assets in time, Mikhail Prokhorov, leader of the Civic Platform party has declined to take part in the mayoral elections in Moscow this year. As a result, the main candidate from the opposition is now Sergei Mitrokhin, chairman of the Yabloko party, who told Izvestia […]

Sergei Sobyanin Ready to Get By Without United Russia

June 10, 2013

[Summary: Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, a member of the Superior Council of United Russia, is expected to run for the mayoral elections on 8 September as an Independent. United Russia has explained this by the fact that “40 parties” “might want” to support him. The main potential rival to the acting mayor, Civic Platform […]

Sergei Sobyanin “Steps Down”

June 6, 2013

On June 4, Sergei Sobyanin, the Mayor of Moscow, announced his resignation. He will be running for office at early mayoral elections that will be held in September According to Sobyanin, the majority of the capital’s residents support the idea of holding early mayoral elections concurrently with elections for the governor of the Moscow Region […]

Radiation Poisoning, Elections and Corruption

June 5, 2013

Here’s a quick summary of today’s biggest news: -The intrigue surrounding former KGB official Alexander Litvinenko’s 2006 assassination by radiation poisoning continues with the coroner overseeing the investigation into Litvinenko’s murder calling for a public inquiry. The coroner is calling for a public inquiry in response to British Foreign Secretary William Hague demanding that the […]

Guriev, Sobyanin and the politics of plausible deniability

Sergei Guriev has spoken about his decision to flee Russia, stating frankly that he left because “I don’t want to sit in jail.” Guriev, a leading economist once very much part of the Russian establishment who wrote speeches for Dmitry Medvedev, described how the increasing pressure from investigators over a report he had authored criticizing […]