Russia’s ruling party unsurprisingly wins regional elections

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Voters examine list of candidates at a polling station during Moscow municipal elections at the Single Voting Day in Moscow, Russia, 13 September 2020. In Moscow by-elections to the Deputies Councils of two municipal districts are held. In the year of 2020 the Single Voting Day in Russia is set on 13 September. On this day 83 constituent entities of the Russian Federation will hold election campaigns at various levels, from elections of senior officials of Russian subjects to elections to local governments of municipal districts, urban and rural settlements. In Moscow by-elections to the Deputies Councils of two municipal districts are held. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Russia’s ruling party unsurprisingly wins regional elections

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08665800 Voters examine list of candidates at a polling station during Moscow municipal elections at the Single Voting Day in Moscow, Russia, 13 September 2020. On this day 83 constituent entities of the Russian Federation will hold election campaigns at various levels, from elections of senior officials of Russian subjects to elections to local governments of municipal districts, urban and rural settlements. EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY In the year of 2020 the Single Voting Day in Russia is set on 13 September.

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Authorities stretched out the elections over three days. Last week, Berlin’s Charite hospital that has been treating Navalny said his condition has improved and he is being weaned off mechanical ventilation. On August 20, he fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he spent two days in hospital before being evacuated to Germany. Navalny is a fierce critic of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Russia’s main pro-Kremlin party, United Russia, on Sunday claimed a clear win in local polls that come only weeks after the suspected poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Russia has rejected the claims. In recent years, Navalny has endured multiple incarcerations, a barred attempt to run for president, and a hamstrung bid for the Moscow mayor’s post. Germany says he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him. The move was criticised by election watchdogs who said the longer period would make it harder for monitors to catch fraud at polling stations. Navalny and his allies have been preparing for Sunday’s regional elections at the time of the suspected poisoning.