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Nemtsov Challenges Sochi Mayoral Election Results


Boris Nemtsov in Sochi before the election

Boris Nemtsov in Sochi before the election

SOCHI -- The co-chairman of Russia's opposition Solidarity movement, Boris Nemtsov, has officially appealed to the Sochi city court to annul the results of last month's mayoral election.

Nemtsov's lawyer, Aleksandr Glushenkov, told RFE/RL's Russian Service that numerous violations took place during the election campaign.

Anatoly Pakhomov, a candidate from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, has officially been declared the winner of the April 26 election.

According to Russia's Central Election Commission, he received 77 percent of the vote. Nemtsov officially received over 13 percent of the vote.
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