Date: 3 months ago   Category: Politics

The Moscow City Court has refused to withdraw Sobyanin from elections of the mayor - RIA Novosti, 9/3/2018


Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin. Archival photo
MOSCOW, 3 Sep — RIA Novosti. The Moscow City Court on Monday has refused to withdraw the acting mayor Sergey Sobyanin from elections in the claim of his communist rival Vadim Kumin, the correspondent of RIA Novosti from the courtroom tells. © RIA Novosti / Nina Zotina Pereyti in an image bank VCIOM: nearly 70% of Muscovites are ready to give the vote for Sobyanin "the claim to dismiss" — the instance has solved. According to Kumin, the mayor uses official capacity during the pre-election race and breaks the principle of equality of candidates. As the legal representative of Kumina Muhammad Bidzhev claims, Sobyanin, in particular, uses media under control to the city which allow him to be constantly in an information field. As the proof the claimant has shown two regional newspapers (them the Government of Moscow owns) where Sobyanin's photos made during the FIFA World Cup with children are published. According to lawyers, photos "create a positive image of the candidate and also are propaganda, but not information materials". © RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov of Pereyti in an image bank the Voting turnout in Moscow will be higher than traditional, consider Sobyanin's politologipredstavitel Mikhail Barshchevsky has objected that media in Russia independent and are guided only by editorial reasons therefore to consider these photos as propaganda materials it is impossible. According to the lawyer, journalists write only about those candidates about whom they want. Kumin Barshchevsky's claim called a PR action. "From my point of view, any evidence isn't produced, try to prove to you that the founder is the head, try to defame all Moscow journalists … This claim for restriction of freedom of speech. To you suggest to withdraw from elections the candidate (for the fact that) someone has dared to support Sobyanin" — Barshchevsky has said. At the campaign headquarters of Sobyanin haven't agreed with the claim and have declared determination to defend a thesis in court that there are no violations in an election campaign. The Moscow Election Committee and prosecutor's office have asked to reject the claim too. Elections of the Mayor of Moscow will take place on September 9. The Moscow Election Committee has registered five applicants for this position — besides Sobyanin, this is the head of the municipal district Tagansky Ilya Sviridov from Just Russia, the deputy of the State Duma Mikhail Degtyarev from LDPR, the ex-deputy of the State Duma Vadim Kumin from the CPRF and also the ex-owner of the SU-155 company Mikhail Balakin from Union of Citizens party.

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