Navalny appeals mayoral election case to Russian Supreme Court
MOSCOW, November 8 (RAPSI) - Alexei Navalny, an opposition activist and the runner-up in Moscow's recent mayoral election, has appealed the Moscow City Court's refusal to annul the election results, the court's press office told RAPSI on Friday.
The complaint will be forwarded to the Supreme Court of Russia, the court's spokesperson said.
One major lawsuit was filed with the Moscow City Court and 951 minor ones lodged with other courts in Moscow. The lawsuits are based on Navalny's theories of uneven media coverage for the candidates, as well as alleged attempts to sway the votes of Moscow's senior citizens by unlawful means.
On September 21, the Moscow City Court refused to annul the mayoral election results contested by Navalny.
The mayoral election took place in Moscow on September 8. Navalny received 27.24% of the vote, compared with the 51.37% received by Sergei Sobyanin, a former Kremlin official, according to the city's election commission. Communist Party nominee Ivan Melnikov received 10.69%, and the three remaining candidates all scored in the single digits.
Independent election monitor GOLOS, which deployed a network of election observers, placed Sobyanin's result at 49.45% and Navalny's at 28.56%.
Navalny claimed earlier on his blog that at least 28,000 ballots, or 2% of the vote, were rigged to give Sobyanin more than 50%, thus ruling out a runoff.