Mironov Urges Action over Political Hunger Strike in Astrakhan

A Just Russia Party leader Sergei Mironov on Sunday called on President Dmitry Medvedev to look into the situation in Astrakhan where ten people have gone on a hunger strike to denounce the results of the recent mayoral elections.


United Russia candidate Mikhail Stolyarov won the March 4 mayoral elections in Arkhangelsk. A Just Russia rejected the results of the vote. At a news conference, Mironov alleged “gross violations” after polling stations closed and the party’s observers were expelled.


The participants of the strike, which include former mayoral candidate Oleg Shein, are demanding that the results of the election be cancelled.


The decision to hold a hunger strike was made after activists trying to submit evidence of falsification were escorted from the Regional Election Commission office by police.


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