Sergei Sobyanin at the Tatar and Bashkir national summer festival of Sabantuy in Moscow (photo: dpa)

The certainties - and uncertainties - of Moscow’s mayoral election

Blogger Aleksei Navalny emerged as a political leader during the 2011-2012 mass demonstrations again Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime. He has become a victim of the Kremlin’s crackdown on the opposition and faces jail on fraud charges. But he has registered to stand as a candidate in the elections for mayor of Moscow. He cannot win, but he can make plenty of headlines.

<i>Elections will be held for the post of mayor of Moscow on September 8, 2013. It is a foregone conclusion that the incumbent, Sergei Sobyanin, will win, but the polls will mobilise the opposition. In preparation, the authorities have closed the election watchdog Golos, using legislation which requires ...

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Direct elections were grudgingly reintroduced under intense pressure from the mass protest rallies that shook the regime during the winter of 2011-12
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