Moscow is expected re-elect incumbent, government-backed Sergei Sobyanin for mayor. But opposition activist Alexey Navalny has seen his popularity surge in recent weeks.
Anti-government protesters have gathered in 80 Russian cities to support jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Police detained over 262 people at the rallies which took place on Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday.
Austria's right-wing populists look to have come in third place in the election, possibly gaining 51 seats. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) maintains close ties to Russia, which has helped institutionalize the party.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he was held by police as he left his home in Moscow to attend a rally. He has been arrested before for organizing what authorities called unauthorized public events.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has received a 20-day jail sentence for calling an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg. Its his third such sentence in an unusual "election campaign," even by Russian standards.
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