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LDPR candidate urges check on reports about Navalny's real estate abroad

August 23, 2013, 15:36 UTC+3
Degtyarev said that owning a foreign company was not a reason to remove a candidate, but the warning had to be given
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Denis Vyshynsky

Photo ITAR-TASS/Denis Vyshynsky

MOSCOW, August 23 (Itar-Tass) - The Moscow mayoral candidate from the LDPR party, Mikhail Degtyarev, has called for a review into information that opposition activist candidate Alexei Navalny has real estate abroad. Addressing a news conference on Friday, Degtyarev said he had written to the Prosecutor General's Office and the Moscow City Election Commission.

"We ask to conduct large-scale checking, taking into consideration the possibilities for the candidate to have accounts in foreign banks and foreign real estate, to establish whether foreign financial instruments are used and to check the reports...” he said.

Degtyarev said that owning a foreign company was not a reason to remove a candidate. But the warning had to be given, and written in bold letters on a poster at each polling station that the candidate had concealed the fact that he had a foreign company in a certain country. It was a requirement of the law, the LDPR member said.

He wanted "Pekhting", and he received it, Degtyarev added, recalling that State Duma member Vladimir Pekhtin from the United Russia party, whom Navalny accused of possession of foreign real estate, had left parliament to not expose his party and the State Duma to accusations, and had then proved that the accusations against him were unfounded.

"So, let the one (Navalny) quit politics," Degtyarev said.

He said all candidates should undertake a polygraph lie detector test. "I am ready to undergo such a test. And I urge the Prosecutor General's Office to test all the candidates," he added.

Degtyarev said that candidates themselves may propose the questions. "We will collect the questions, ask them, and publish the results."

He recalled that at the beginning of the election campaign, he proposed a test, but that his idea had not been supported. "Now it is found out that somebody has a firm in Montenegro," he said.

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