Opposition figure’s suit against election registration denial pending in Moscow court
MOSCOW, August 15 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court will consider a lawsuit filed by opposition activist Ilya Yashin against denial of registration as a candidate for deputy of the Moscow City Duma, lawyer Vadim Prokhorov told RAPSI on Thursday.
The hearing has been set for August 16.
On Monday, the court overturned the decision of a district electoral commission and ordered it to register the member of the Russian social-liberal party Yabloko Sergey Mitrokhin as the Moscow City Duma candidate.
Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.
After the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority.
Several opposition figures including Alexey Navalny, Dmitry Gudkov, Ilya Yashin were arrested and put in detention for alleged organization of an unauthorized rally.