MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti)
Environmental activist Yevgenia Chirikova, a consensus nominee of the Russian opposition, has officially been registered as a candidate for mayor of the Moscow satellite city of Khimki, an election commission spokesman said on Sunday.
“Chirikova was officially registered today… now her election participation can only be challenged in court,” said Irek Vildanov, a spokesman for the Moscow Region Election Commission.
The Khimki elections were called after former mayor Vladimir Strelchenko quit his post on August 14.
Chirikova, 35, played a leading role in the organization of the unprecedented protests against President Vladimir Putin that broke out late last year and her candidacy comes as the opposition seeks to promote a united front at regional elections. She has been Russia’s most high-profile environmental activist since she spearheaded a campaign to save Khimki forestland that stood in the path of a planned Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.
The construction of the $8-billion highway was suspended by order of then President Dmitry Medvedev in August 2010, but has since resumed.
The elections are expected to take place on October 14, in a day of nationwide voting for regional authorities that have been targeted by the anti-Putin opposition as a crucial stage in their bid to dislodge the former KGB officer from power.
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Yury Gagarin: A down-to-earth person
Infographics: The Linguistic Diversity of the Planet
Ukraine has not preserved its 1991 borders. The signing of the Geneva memorandum on April 17 reaffirmed the willingness of Russia, the United States and EU countries to reach a compromise. While the sides continue to trade tough talk and symbolic sanctions, the Kremlin and the White House are also holding a parallel dialogue on the coordinated geopolitical revision of Eastern Europe.