Incumbent wins Moscow mayoralseat, no runoff

Moscow’s incumbent mayor has officially won the election to keep running Russia’s capital with more than 50 percent of the vote, the Moscow election commission announced Monday morning, meaning there will be no runoff with his main rival, opposition activist Alexei Navalny, RIA Novosti reports.

With all votes counted, Sergei Sobyanin won 51.37 percent, while Navalny finished in second place with 27.24 percent, the commission said.

The Communist Party’s Ivan Melnikov finished third with 10.69 percent, Yabloko party candidate Sergei Mitrokhin received 3.51 percent, Duma deputy and LDPR’s candidate Mikhail Degtyaryov won 2.86 percent, and A Just Russia’s Nikolai Levichev got 2.79 percent, according to the official results.

Navalny disputed the final vote tally at a press conference at his campaign headquarters Sunday night, claiming there was evidence of serious vote rigging.

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