Sergei Sobyanin elected as Moscow’s mayor

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

Former presidential aide and temporary mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, has won the mayoral race against anti-corruption activist and blogger Alexey Navalny. If he had won by less than 50% of the votes, there would have been a run-off election, but he barely squeezed by with 51.37%. Navalny believes the results are nonsense, demanding “a second round of voting for the election.” However, Putin can feel relaxed in Sobyanin’s victory, for his ally is unlikely to face a re-count of any kind. Ksenya Sobchak, an influential member who opposed Sobyanin and supported Navalny, tweeted, “It was understood right from the beginning that they would do absolutely everything to avoid a second round, isn’t that true? But the fact that Navalyny got more than 27% — that’s cool!”

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