MOSCOW, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Allies of the imprisoned critic of the Kremlin Alexei Navalny on Wednesday urged Russians to vote for the Communist Party in a parliamentary election this week, as part of an election campaign tactic intended to harm the ruling United Russia party.
Navalny 's "smart vote " campaign is designed to consolidate the voices of those who oppose it United Russia, which currently holds three quarters of the seats in the lower house parliament and dominate Russian politics.
The initiative is one of the few remaining levers for Navalny, who is serving two and a half years of prison for alleged parole violations, which he says are fabricated.
His movement has been "extremist" in the The vote approaches from September 17 to 19, and a law signed by President Vladimir Putin in June banned members of these groups from standing for election. learn more
"Millions of people in Russia hate United Russia," said Navalny's ally Leonid Volkov in a video accompanying a list of candidates the Navalny allies say they have the best chance of defeating United Russia in different circumions.
"Explain to anyone who is not happy with what is going on in the country they have to go to vote in these elections. "
Most of the candidates supported by Navalny's allies are from the Communist Party , the second most popular party in Russia. It currently has 43 legislators in the 450-seat legislature. Navalny's allies recommended Communist candidates in 11 of the capital's 15 districts.
Putin, who was in the poWorking as president or prime minister since 1999, helped found United Russia but is not a member.
Looking ahead to the vote, Putin approved higher salaries and one-off payments for the military and law enforcement. He promised similar measures for retirees. learn more
Kremlin critics say the measures are designed to strengthen support for United Russia. Kremlin says support measures have nothing to do with voting. Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber report; Edited by Bernadette Baum
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