Our sister liberal party and fellow ALDE Party member, Yabloko, has registered 164 candidates for the Russian municipal elections on 10 September, as well as two candidates for the by-elections of State Duma deputies. In total, Yabloko will stand in 13 Russian regions, including in the regions of Moscow, Pskov and Novgorod. In several regions, candidates collected a required number of signatures to be able to proceed with their nomination in spite of the party’s stance on Russia’s so-called “special operation” in Ukraine.
Unsurprisingly, Yabloko faces considerable obstacles from the authorities. In the Pskov region, a total of 13 single-mandate candidates will stand for Yabloko after Russian courts removed seven lists of Yabloko candidates from the municipal elections. In the north-west region of Novgorod, three Yabloko candidates to the State Duma may be removed from the elections after police issued protocols of administrative violations against them.
In Yekaterinburg, Yabloko launched a petition to declare 2024 the Year of Peace and Freedom. The party aims to discuss with Russian citizens the need for a ceasefire and the start of peace negotiations regarding the situation in Ukraine.
Commenting ahead of the elections, Yabloko Chair Nikolai Rybakov said: “The struggle for fair elections is a struggle for democracy, peace, freedom and prosperity for our country and the well-being of the people in Russia.”
Source: ALDE Party https://www.aldeparty.eu/yabloko_to_stand_in_russian_municipal_elections