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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Decries Poll In Bashkortostan

Bashkortostan President Murtaza Rakhimov came under fire again Friday when Russia's Supreme Court ruled two challengers had been unlawfully barred from presidential elections.

But experts say there is little hope results from the vote in the semi-autonomous republic at the foot of the Ural Mountains will be overturned.

State Duma Deputy Alexander Arinin and the former prime minister of the republic, Marat Mirgazyamov, were struck off the ballot after the local election committee claimed they had violated election procedures.

Although incumbent Rakhimov won a landslide victory June 14, human rights activists have slammed the elections. Earlier this week, the court ruled that Rakhimov had acted illegally by bringing the election date forward six months.

But a lawyer who challenged the vote in the Supreme Court said the rulings were unlikely to have any effect. "Arinin and Murgazyamov will appeal to the Supreme Court in [Bashkortostan], they'll throw the case out, and we'll all be back at the Russian Supreme Court in September," Vladimir Voshinin said.