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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Election Committee Removes 71 LDPR Names From Ballot




The Central Election Commission on Saturday removed more than a third of the candidates from a party list of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, provoking an angry tirade from the flamboyant politician.


The commission said it had taken the names of 71 of 212 candidates off the election list of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia because they were also on the list of the Zhirinovsky Bloc, which also is running for the State Duma.


Zhirinovsky said he would appeal the commission's move before the Supreme Court.


Zhirinovsky has been tangling with the election commission for weeks. It disqualified his party, the LDPR, from running because two of its top three members had provided false information about their incomes and assets and were barred from the race. Under election rules, if even one of the top three candidates is removed from the candidate list, the party cannot run.


Zhirinovsky then formed the Zhirinovsky Bloc, putting himself at the top of its party list.


But the Supreme Court, considering another party's appeal, ruled later that removal of a candidate isn't reason enough to bar a party from the race. So the commission last week put LDPR back on the ballot, even though Zhirinovsky had not requested the reinstatement and tried to block the move.


Zhirinovsky said Saturday the inclusion of both movements on the ballot could lead to the annulment of the election results, Interfax reported.