Russian Mayoral Election Cancelled After Candidate Slaying
Dmitry Fotyanov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
October 22, 2006 -- Russian election authorities have canceled a mayoral vote in a town in Russia's Far East following the slaying of a candidate.
Dmitry Fotyanov was gunned down October 19 outside his campaign office in Dalnegorsk, a small town where he was running for mayor.
Russian television reported on October 21 that election officials initially said the October 22 runoff would be held, but they later canceled it after the remaining candidates withdrew under pressure from locals angered by the killing.
Fotyanov was a member of the pro-Kremlin Unified Russia party. The killing is under investigation.
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