In part of Russia’s regions and cities elections have taken place. In Tomsk, where Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny was poisoned in August, candidates supported by him have claim to have won rare mandates. In several dozen of the country’s 85 regions, Russians voted for regional governors and lawmakers in regional and city legislatures as well as in several by-elections for national MPs. Russian electoral chief Ella Pamfilova has said, however, that the elections were open and transparent.
Ksenia Fadeyeva, the 28-year-old head of Navalny’s Tomsk office, said she won a city council seat along with another Navalny ally. The anti-corruption activist is believed to have been poisoned in Tomsk, in August. In Russia’s third largest city Novosibirsk, the 37-year-old head of Navalny’s local office, Sergei Boiko, also won a council seat, according to the foundation.
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