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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Other Russia Left Off the Ballot

Electoral officials have barred The Other Russia from participating in State Duma elections, a spokeswoman for the group said.

As expected, the Central Elections Commission has declined to register a candidate list submitted by the opposition alliance, spokeswoman Lyudmila Mamina said.

The group -- which unites liberals, leftists and nationalists opposed to President Vladimir Putin's policies -- had submitted papers last week in what its co-leader Garry Kasparov acknowledged was a quixotic effort meant mainly to draw attention to the tight Kremlin control over Russian politics.

In a letter to the group, election commission chief Vladimir Churov cited its lack of registration as a political party as the reason for the decision, Mamina said Wednesday. Only registered parties can take part in the Dec. 2 vote.

Kasparov is the driving force behind The Other Russia, and it has elected him as its candidate for the March presidential election.