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Navalny Allies Win Seats In Siberian City As Ruling Party Claims Sweeping Victory In Local Polls

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Navalny Allies Win Seats In Siberian City As Ruling Party Claims Sweeping Victory In Local Polls


Two allies of stricken Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny are expected to have won local parliamentary seats in the Siberian city of Tomsk when results are released on September 14 for a variety of regional and local elections across the country that the ruling United Russia party likely dominated. Ksenia Fadeyeva and Andrei Fateyev came out on top in two constituencies in Tomsk, the city where Navalny fell ill last month with what his doctors in Germany have said was poisoning by a rare nerve agent from the Novichok group of chemicals. Meanwhile, the ruling United Russia party topped the polls overall in Tomsk with more than 24 percent of the vote, according to early results published by regional election officials on September 14. In another Siberian city, Novosibirsk, the chief of Navalny's local team, Sergei Boiko, reportedly also won a seat on the city council in the September 11-13 voting.

Citing data from exit polls and preliminary counting, Aleksei Turchak, the secretary of United Russia's general council, said late on September 13 that the ruling party was set to win majorities in all regional legislatures and that its candidates for governor were well ahead. However, the independent monitoring group Golos cited numerous reports of irregularities in the September 13 elections, including ballot-box stuffing and ballots cast by real voters being switched. There were also concerns that early voting allowed over the previous two days because of the coronavirus pandemic had led to irregularities.

As in neighboring Belarus, Putin's United Russia party is so insecure that it pads election results.

Related: Novosibirsk Opposition Faces Dirty Tricks In Bid To Dislodge Ruling United Russia Party
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