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Thousands rally behind Putin foe to challenge 'rigged' Moscow vote

By Gabriela Baczynska and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Thousands of cheering supporters answered a call by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday to rally in protest against a Moscow election he said was rigged to hand victory to an ally of President Vladimir Putin. To chants of "Navalny, Navalny", and buoyed by his own unexpectedly strong showing in Sunday's mayoral election, the anti-corruption campaigner demanded a runoff be held between him and Kremlin-backed rival Sergei Sobyanin.

Putin foe urges protesters to challenge 'rigged' Moscow vote

By Gabriela Baczynska and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny called on supporters to rally in protest on Monday against the results of a Moscow election which he says was rigged in favor of the Kremlin. Results from Sunday's mayoral election showed Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin just cleared the 50 percent mark needed to win outright. Navalny challenged the outcome and demanded a run-off.

Alexei Navalny manages strong showing in Moscow vote

MOSCOW — Two exit polls put Navalny on about 30 percent of votes, a strong showing which could energize resistance to President Vladimir Putin.

Putin ally wins Moscow mayor race with 51.3%

Incumbent Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin won elections in the Russian capital with over 51 percent of the vote, narrowly avoiding the need for a run-off after a strong showing by protest leader Alexei Navalny, an almost complete vote count said Monday. Sobyanin won 51.32 percent of the vote and Navalny 27.27 percent, the Moscow election commission said, in a count based on 99.6 percent of polling stations reporting. Navalny has already expressed doubt over the validity of the results, claiming to have pushed Sobyanin to a second round and warning of street protests.

Moscow mayoral candidate says he is certain of victory

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin told supporters he is certain he will end up the winner of the mayoral election that was held in the Russian capital on Sunday, the Interfax news agency reported. "The results of the election are still being counted, but I am certain we will win in the end all the same," Sobyanin said at a large rally in central Moscow around midnight, according to Interfax.

Putin ally wins tight Moscow polls, Navalny cries foul

Moscow's pro-Kremlin mayor was set to win tight elections Sunday in the Russian capital, just escaping a second-round run-off after a strong challenge from protest leader Alexei Navalny, who denounced the results as falsified. Initial results showed that Sergei Sobyanin, a leading ally of President Vladimir Putin, would narrowly win in the first round with just over half the vote after Navalny unexpectedly picked up over a quarter of the ballots.

Navalny denounces 'clear falsifications' in Moscow poll

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Monday denounced "clear falsifications" in Moscow's mayor elections, demanding a run-off after official results showed pro-Kremlin incumbent Sergei Sobyanin was set to win in the first round. "What we are seeing now are clear falsifications... We demand that a second round is held. If that is not done... we will appeal to the citizens and ask them to take to the streets of Moscow," he told reporters at his campaign headquarters. ma-sjw/jj

Putin critic takes on Kremlin rival in Moscow polls

A top critic of President Vladimir Putin on Sunday faced a Kremlin-backed incumbent in a hotly contested Moscow mayoral poll, the first time an opposition leader has been allowed to stand in a high-profile election. In the Russian capital's first mayoral election in a decade, Muscovites had six candidates to choose from, including current pro-Kremlin mayor Sergei Sobyanin and main opposition candidate Alexei Navalny. Putin, who has made no secret of his support for his former Kremlin chief of staff Sobyanin, said Moscow did not need a politician for a mayor.

Putin ally set to win tight Moscow mayor election: exit polls

Incumbent Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin is set to win elections in the Russian capital Sunday despite an unexpectedly strong performance by protest leader Alexei Navalny, exit polls said. Sobyanin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is due to retain the post of mayor in the first round with 52.5 percent of the vote while Navalny is due to get 29.1 percent, the Kremlin-connected FOM polling group said. A second exit poll by the VTsIOM, another Kremlin-linked polling agency, gave a similar projection, putting Sobyanin on 53 percent and Navalny on 32 percent.

Putin ally set to win tight Moscow mayor election: exit poll

Incumbent Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin is set to win elections in the Russian capital Sunday despite an unexpectedly strong performance by protest leader Alexei Navalny, an exit poll said. Sobyanin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is due to retain the post of mayor in the first round with 52.5 percent of the vote while Navalny is due to get 29.1 percent, the Kremlin-connected FOM polling group said.
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