Navalny Files Mayor Election Fraud Lawsuits In Courts Across Moscow

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who unsuccessfully appealed against the inauguration of the incoming Kremlin-Backed Moscow Mayor, has launched hundreds of lawsuits challenging his rival Sergei Sobyanin's victory in the Mayoral Election.

Sobyanin polled 51.15 percent votes against Navalny's 27.37 percent in the election held on Sunday.

Alleging electoral fraud, Navalny called for a run-off and refused to recognize the results. He said he had won enough votes to force a second round and that the count had been marred by "many serious violations."

Navalny's petition to the Moscow city court to prevent Sobyanin's inauguration on Thursday night was rejected.

He filed a massive petition to the Moscow city court and with 36 district courts in Moscow to annul the result of the elections, citing voting irregularities at 951 polling stations across the capital.

Sobyanin, an ally and former administration head of President Vladimir Putin, is blamed to have taken advantage of the administrative resources available to him as acting mayor to give himself greater access to the media during the campaign, and to voters.

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