Navalny, Kasparov Win Seats in Opposition's 'Shadow Government'
- The Moscow Times
- Oct. 23 2012 00:00
- Last edited 00:45
Well-known opposition figures like anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny andáformer chess champion Garry Kasparov joined lower-profile personalities like former Kremlin G8 sherpa Andrei Illarionov andápolitical analyst Andrei Piontkovsky ináa new 45-member “shadow government,” according toáelectionáresults.
Theáonline election, which was extended intoáa third day Monday after hacker attacks disrupted weekend voting, saw aáturnout ofá83 percent, theáhead ofáthe shadow elections commission, Leonid Volkov, said onáTwitter.
Ofáthe 97,727 registered voters whose identities were verified, 81,801 ended up voting, according toáthe elections commission’s website, cvk2012.org.áIn all, 209 candidates ran for seats on the coordination council.
Volkov, who also announced theáresults live onáDozhd television late Monday, said theáopposition’s support went far beyond Moscow, theásite ofáthe biggest protests against President Vladimir Putin. Volkov said only about 35 percent ofávotes were cast ináthe capital.
Theácoordination council is anáattempt byáthe opposition toáorganize intoáa force capable ofámaintaining its momentum after aátumultuous 11 months that started with mass rallies after disputed State Duma elections ináDecember.
Those rallies prompted theáKremlin toápromise political reform but also toápass aáseries ofátough laws that have tightened theáscrews onáprotests andánongovernmental groups.
Navalny won theámost support ináthe opposition election, with 43,723 votes, andáwill sit onáthe coordination council with theálikes ofásocialite Ksenia Sobchak, Solidarity leader Ilya Yashin, environmentalist Yevgenia Chirikova, Parnas co-leader Boris Nemtsov, Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, recently ousted State Duma Deputy Gennady Gudkov andáhis son, Duma Deputy Dmitry Gudkov.
Two ultranationalists, Alexander Belov (Potkin) andáDmitry Dyomushkin, did not gain enough votes toásecure seats.