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Sochi elects pro-Kremlin mayor amid fraud charges

Video by Luke SHRAGO

Latest update : 2009-04-27

The Russian city of Sochi, which will host the 2014 Winter Olympics, has re-elected Anatoly Pakhomov as its mayor with 77% of the vote. Opposition candidates have threatened legal action, claiming electoral fraud.

 

Reuters - Russia's main pro-Kremlin party scored a
resounding victory in the Olympic city of Sochi's mayoral
election on Monday, in what rivals said marked a new low
for democracy in the country.

Anatoly Pakhomov was re-elected to the considerably
influential political post with 77 percent of the vote. Leading
Russian liberal Boris Nemtsov was second with 13.6 percent and
Communist candidate Yury Dzaganiya came third with 6.75 percent.

"Pakhomov won and will be mayor of the city," city election
commission head Yury Rykov told reporters, adding that more than
90 percent of the ballots had been counted from Sunday's poll.

The vote in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city has been
widely seen as a test of President Dmitry Medvedev's pledges to
strengthen Russian democracy, which critics say was undermined
by his predecessor Vladimir Putin, now prime minister.

With a state budget of $6 billion, the 2014 Games in
Russia's most popular seaside resort on the Black Sea are a pet
project of Putin.

Mayors are among the few positions in Russia still directly
elected -- unlike regional governors, who are appointed and
fired by the Kremlin.

 

 

 

Date created : 2009-04-26

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