Support The Moscow Times!

Half of Independents Refused

More than 50 percent of independent candidates who applied to run in Oct. 10 elections for six regional legislatures were refused registration, Vedomosti reported Thursday, citing the Central Elections Commission.

Only 117 of 254 independents made the ballots, while political parties managed to register 89.6 percent of their candidates, the report said. All but two of 33 party lists were successfully registered.

Municipal elections, which will take place in 14 regions on the same day, have similar statistics, with only 45 percent of independents registered, compared with 92 percent of party candidates.


Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.