Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened Moscow’s first detention camp for illegal immigrants as migrants become the main concern among voters preparing for the city’s first mayoral election since 2003.
A Russian state broadcaster’s “technical error” in reporting that President Dmitry Medvedev had picked Sergei Sobyanin to become Moscow mayor shows that the Kremlin remains divided on the nomination, analysts said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally won Moscow’s mayoral election over opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who gathered thousands of supporters to protest claims of ballot rigging even after faring better than polls predicted.
Muscovites vote in mayoral elections today with polls predicting a win for President Vladimir Putin’s ally Sergei Sobyanin over Alexey Navalny, who led anti- government protests in the Russian capital.
Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin will probably win the first direct election for the city’s leader in a decade in the first round, according to a survey published by the Russian research company Levada Center.