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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CEC Fights Decision

MOSCOW () -- Russia's Central Election Commission on Friday said it would apply to the Prosecutor General's Office to suspend a Supreme Court decision ordering the commission to register a flamboyantly wealthy businessman for the June presidential election, Interfax reported.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the commission to put Vladimir Bryntsalov, a State Duma deputy and the owner of a pharmaceuticals company, on the ballot for the June 16 election. The Central Election Commission earlier rejected Bryntsalov's registration because they believed hundreds of thousands of the signatures submitted in support of his candidacy were forged.

The Supreme Court failed to fully examine the materials submitted in support of the CEC's case against Bryntsalov, commission member Yury Vedeneyev said Friday.