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Results of election to the Coordination Council of the Russian Opposition were summed up Monday night

October 23, 2012, 7:40 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, October 23 (Itar-Tass) – The results of election to the Coordination Council of the Russian Opposition were summed up Monday night.

Leonid Volkov, a spokesman for the Central Electoral Committee of the off-parliament opposition parties and movements said 81,801 individuals had taken part in the voting. A total of 209 candidates competed for 45 seats.

Upon the results of vote counting, the coordination council includes a number of well-known oppositionists who do not belong to any of the three opposition parties represented in the State Duma.

Their list features blogger Alexei Navalny, writer Dmitry Bykov, television anchorwoman Kseniya Sobchak, Solidarity movement leader Ilya Yashin, environmentalist Yevgeniya Chirikova, Left-Wing Front coordinator Sergei Udaltsov, former MP Gennady Gudkov and his son Dmitry, who is a member of the Duma at present.

The list also features the names of a number of persons who have been arrested or placed on wanted lists on the suspicion of being engaged in preparations of mass disorders and other offenses, including Leonid Razvozzhayev

Of the regional activists, only the environment conservation champion Suren Gazarian got a seat on the Council.

The election was held at the initiative of a part of members of organizing committees of the nonconformist opposition’s actions on Prospekt Sakharova Avenue and Bolotnaya Square earlier this year.

Following the election of the Coordination Council, the organizing committees will hand over to it their functions.

The election was held in 35 regions of Russia and abroad, mostly via the Internet.

Officials in the Presidential Administration did not monitor the process of election to the so-called Coordination Council of the Russian Opposition, Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary said in an interview with Kommersant Daily, which is published today.

“We were busy with the Ukrainian President’s visit and we just didn’t have time to monitor these elections,” Peskov said.

He indicated that it is too early yet to forecast whether or not the Kremlin will interact with the Coordination Council in one way or another.

“For a start it’s important to understand how these elections were organized, who took part in them and who won.”


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