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Two liberals are fighting for the chance to oust Kremlin man Sobyanin from one of Russia’s most powerful elected posts.13 April 2018
“I don’t have administrative resources or oligarchs behind me, I only have your support” in the campaign to unseat incumbent Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, he tweeted later that day, as cited by The Moscow Times.
Yashin is head of Moscow’s Krasnoselsky district council and a champion of Russia’s non-parliamentary opposition. He has often organized or participated in rallies for fair elections in Russia. According to Meduza, Yashin named Alexei Navalny and his Anti-Corruption Foundation as his closest allies.
Complicating Yashin’s run is the fact that another opposition candidate is already in the race. Former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov announced his candidacy more than a year ago, saying then he intended “to be the only democratic candidate,” The Moscow Times reported.
Gudkov was not pleased with Yashin’s announcement as he tweeted that it should be read as “personal interests always above society’s interests.”
Saying he shares the view that the liberal opposition should put forth a single candidate, Yashin proposed holding a primary to choose between him and Gudkov, he writes for Echo of Moscow.
Navalny welcomed Yashin’s bid to run for mayor, and said he would support “any candidate who wins the primaries,” according to The Moscow Times.
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