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Former Russian Opposition Candidate Fined For Unsanctioned Protest

Former Astrakhan mayoral candidate Oleg Shein attends a rally in April.
A Russian opposition politician who protested alleged vote rigging in a mayoral election for months has been fined 20,000 rubles ($605).

Oleg Shein, a candidate in the March 4 election in the city of Astrakhan, was found guilty of holding an unsanctioned public action of protest on June 12.

Shein has said he will appeal the court's decision.

Official results in March showed Shein finished second in a mayoral election that was won by a candidate from the ruling United Russia party.

Shein and his supporters launched a hunger strike that lasted 40 days, protesting the official results of the poll, which they said had been rigged.

Last week, a court in Astrakhan ruled that Shein's claims about the irregularities were baseless.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA Novosti