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Communist candidate submits documents for participation in Moscow mayoral election

June 20, 2013, 2:56 UTC+3

Moscow will have an early mayoral election on September 8

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MOSCOW, June 20 (Itar-Tass) - First Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party /KPRF/ Ivan Melnikov, who will run for Moscow mayor, submitted documents to the Moscow election commission on Wednesday.

"I believe that I was submitted documents together with millions of Muscovites who are not happy with the situation and wish changes," Melnikov told reporters.

He stated that an honest election did not require any accords: "it is sufficient to stick to the letter of the law."

"I've prepared a lawbill and intend to submit it to the State Duma shortly. It toughens responsibility for election fraud," the KPRF candidate said.

Earlier, head of the KPRF faction in Moscow parliament Andrei Klychkov said Melnikov would have no problems with the so-called "municipal filter." The KPRF has 205 votes of municipal deputies and is ready to share some of them with other candidates.

Melnikov's program envisions a decrease in the number of migrants in the Russian capital and employment of Russian citizens.

First Secretary of the Communist Party's Moscow Committee Valery Rashkin, who will head Melnikov's election headquarters, cited poll results, according to which nine million Russian citizens were ready to move to Moscow to take low-skill jobs. At present, there are two million migrants in the Russian capital.

Melnikov promised to form a coalition city government with other political forces in case of his victory.

"To resolve the whole knot of problems in Moscow, we have to go the way of attracting specialists from different political parties," Melnikov told a news conference on Tuesday.

Moscow will have an early mayoral election on September 8, the first in the past decade.

Prior to Melnikov, documents for participation in the election were submitted by Valery Ruchnov, director of a sector at the VNIISistem national institute of systemic studies, acting Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Yabloko Party candidate Sergei Mitrokhin, RPR-PARNAS candidate Alexei Navalny, and LDPR candidate Mikhail Degtyaryov.

Last week, rock singer Sergei "Pauk" Troitsky, leader of the Volya /Will/ Party Svetlana Peunova, Ivan Karpushkin, director general of a city company and unemployed Alexei Denisov, 37 submitted their documents. Deputy director general of Kalita-Finans Igor Suzdaltsev was the first to register as a candidate in Moscow's mayoral election.


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