Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said the Kremlin has used “intimidation and repression” to steal Russia’s parliamentary elections.
The election results put the ruling party, United Russia, victorious.
“A false result is lit up in the scoreboard. Our observers withdrew from the polling stations. Intimidation and oppression have left many people unwilling. “People are just afraid to take to the streets,” Navalny said in an Instagram post.
He is serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence, on charges his allies see as politically motivated.
Russia has held parliamentary elections from September 17 to 19.
The election lacked a significant opposition presence, with authorities declaring Navalny-linked organizations “extremist” and barring each of its members from running.
According to preliminary results, United Russia won 49.82 percent of the vote.
This party supports Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Putin, although not an official leader, acts as its de facto leader.
There have been reports of election irregularities from all over Russia, but the Russian Interior Ministry has said it has not registered any “significant irregularities.”
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