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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

United Russia Claims Regional Win

United Russia said that at least 2,000 of its 2,500 candidates won in Sunday's municipal elections in the Moscow region, Kommersant reported Tuesday, citing the party official in charge of regional politics.

But Natalya Zemskova, deputy chief of the Moscow region election commission, said her office could not yet confirm the figures presented by the pro-Kremlin party, even though almost all of the ballots had been counted. Most candidates for the 3,246 seats in 299 municipal councils in the region ran without affiliating themselves with political parties.

Boris Nadezhdin, who represents a coalition of seven liberal parties, including his own Union of Right Forces and Yabloko, said four of the coalition's more than 250 candidates won mayoral seats and 25 others had been elected to newly formed municipal councils, which will start operating in January.

"We have done the maximum we could do, given the strong administrative pressure, and we hope to spread the success to the Moscow elections," Nadezhdin said by telephone.

Zemskova said no major violations had been registered on election day.

She said mayoral elections had been ruled invalid in Lybertsy, Kashira, Pavlovo-Posad and Roshal due to low voter turnout and would be done over.