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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yabloko Files Duma Election Lawsuits

The liberal Yabloko party filed a series of lawsuits demanding the cancellation of results in December's State Duma elections in 170 out of 225 single-mandate districts, party spokesman Sergei Loktionov told Interfax on Wednesday.

Yabloko failed to gain the 5 percent of the vote required for parties to get into the Duma and had only three of its deputies elected from their districts.

Loktionov said that the 78 lawsuits are based on the data compiled from comparing 14,065 voting protocols received from observers with the ones received from local election commissions. He said that copies of the protocols would be submitted to court together with the lawsuits. The largest number of discrepancies between official protocols and those submitted by observers -- 215 -- came from the Perm region, he said.

Yabloko also plans to file suit with the Supreme Court, protesting violations during the elections and vote count that led to the violations of citizens' constitutional right to free elections, Loktionov said.