Murmansk: Upset for United Russia

In a surprise upset, independent candidate Sergey Subbotin trounced his United Russia rival in te mayoral elections in the Russian city of Murmansk over the weekend, prompting a threat by United Russia to challenge the vote.

Mr Subbotin, a former deputy Murmansk governor, won 61% of the vote in the runoff election, well over the 35% collected by the United Russia candidate, incumbent Mayor Mikhail Savchenko, the local elections committee said.

A senior United Russia official accused Murmansk Governor Yuri Yevdokimov, who has recently stood up against Moscow’s party line, of violating election law by offering support for Mr Subbotin during the campaign and said his party might contest the vote.

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