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Russian authorities launch dozens of investigations into opposition candidates ahead of September elections

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With local elections looming, Russian authorities have opened nine criminal cases and 51 misdemeanor investigations against independent candidates and the Net Freedom Project, which they see as rivals. report Monday, August 15th.

Net Freedoms counted a total of 85 election-related persecutions. This includes his 53 criminal and administrative proceedings launched in Moscow, where local elections are scheduled for September 11, Russia’s “single voting day.”

At least 64 people, including 35 incumbents from 12 regions of Russia, were excluded from the ballot or refused to register as candidates. At least 47 persons were disqualified from standing for election.

According to Net Freedoms, a “universal way” for authorities to “neutralize candidates” is to charge them with ties to imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.or press a misdemeanor charge for public display prohibition symbol, such as the logo for Team Navalny’s Smart Vote initiative. At least nine were removed from the ballot or denied candidate registration due to past involvement in Navalny’s political and anti-corruption initiatives. illegal 2021 years.

After Russia invaded Ukraine in February, most of the country’s opposition leaders fled the country. The few who remained in Russia were imprisoned. In mid-July, opposition politician Ilya Yashin detained again For spreading “fake news” about the Russian military. If convicted, he could face up to his 15 years in prison.

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https://meduza.io/en/news/2022/08/15/russian-authorities-launch-dozens-of-investigations-against-opposition-candidates-ahead-of-september-elections Russian authorities launch dozens of investigations into opposition candidates ahead of September elections

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