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Hunger strike gathers momentum in Moscow

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Hunger strike gathers momentum in Moscow


Protesters have been gathering outside the Astrakhan regional office in Moscow to show support for hunger strikers who have taken their action over alleged election fraud.

The leader of the 22 and the man who was first to go without food, Oleg Shein, ran for Mayor of Ashtrakhan last month. He lost the ballot claiming it was fixed. He has not eaten since March 15.

Shein is demanding a re-run of the election and has vowed to continue until his request is met. He was beaten in the poll by Mikhail Stolyarov of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party who won 60 percent of the votes.

The leader of “A Just Russia Party”, Sergei Mirnov is also supporting the protesters’ action and has called on the authorities to act.

“Oleg and his comrades are holding on. But we understand that this could not last forever. We are waiting for the reaction from the Russian authorities at the highest level,” he said.

To date there has been no reaction from Moscow to the hunger strikers and their demands.

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