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Hunger striker from anti-Putin grouping hospitalised as authorities deny unfair election ban

By The Siberian Times reporter
05 August 2015

Dispute over poll refusal for Siberian 'Democratic Coalition' backing Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny.

One of the hunger striker Ruslan Ablyakimov (secod from the left) needed medical care after few days of the strike.  Picture: Democratic Coalition

A hunger strike has been underway in Novosibirsk since 28 July after the political grouping was told there were irregularities with signatures on nominations for regional elections. One of those on strike Ruslan Ablyakimov needed medical care. 

Sergey Boiko, a leader of the hunger strike, said his colleague was suffering from 'heart problems' and was admitted to hospital where he is on a glucose and saline drip.

The coalition - a grouping which includes Novosibirsk backers of 'anti-corruption campaigner' Navanly - claims a decision of reject 1,313 signatures was contrived and political.

Officials from the election commission insist the names did not match the passport database, as required by law. The coalition claims the database is riddled with errors. 

The Investigative Committee has started a probe into claims that one collector of signatures was not paid for his work. 

A second investigation was launched into whether the 'Democratic Coalition' intentionally provided false signatures to the  commission. 

Meanwhile, the campaigners who oppose Russian president Vladimir Putin are seeking a legal challenge to the failure to register them for the election. 

Comments (1)

The next election will be rigged again by Putin & pals; "Democracy" is dead in other plain language, "Freedom" is dead, unless the Russian people wake up & see what your government is doing to you. They have you in shackles, psychologically & bodily. The Kremlin is full of bad apples so is the "Dumas", is it any wonder Putin ordered for tonnes of good food to be destroyed rather than feed the poor of Russia with it? Or even give it to those who can't afford food (even the middle class) because of how the Rouble has been diving since the Crimea debacle?

The whole things a farce...but you'll never see Vladimir or his kneel down gang wanting for fresh food, for they will always have plenty of it. He can act the tough guy with tough speeches telling you things are all right & US/West are the baddies, etc., The truth of the matter is, “if you are truly honest with yourselves”, he is the one who is making most of your lives "Miserable".

Being comatose isn't helping u either!
Jaker, dundalk
07/08/2015 10:47

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