Muscovites vote for new mayor

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Muscovites vote for new mayor

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Mayoral elections are under way in Moscow for the first time in a decade and the first since the Kremlin reversed President Vladimir Putin’s 2004 decree abolishing direct elections for the Russian capital’s mayor and other regional leaders.

It has been predicted that Sergei Sobyanin, a close ally of Putin’s, will win. He was appointed in 2010 by then President Dmitry Medvedev. The United Russia candidate has held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Head of the presidential administration.

His main opponent is Alexei Navalny, the leader of the national protest movement. He is currently on bail after being found guilty of embezzlement, however he insists it was a political trial.

Polls close at 8pm local time.