Supreme Court dismisses opposition activist’s appeal against election registration denial
MOSCOW, August 27 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia has upheld a lower court’s decision denying the registration of opposition activist Ilya Yashin as a candidate for deputy of the Moscow City Duma, a RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Tuesday.
Earlier, the Moscow City Court has ruled against Yashin in a lawsuit filed by the opposition activist about this issue citing him to miss the deadline of appeal against the disputed decision of the District Electoral Commission.
This August, 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 Yahin were arrested and put in detention for alleged organization of an unauthorized rally.