MOSCOW, Russia – Russian presidential candidate for the Communist Party Pavel Grudinin claimed that the presidential election was ‘not fair’.
He made the announcement while speaking from the party headquarters in Moscow on Sunday shortly after the preliminary results were announced.
Grudinin said his campaign showed him that ordinary Russians do not believe in the authorities and that “therefore whoever wins in the elections, he will have to change the authorities’ attitude towards people, towards those people who live in the country.”
He added that opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who was barred from running in the election, was right about electoral fraud.
“It has already been clear that this election was not fair,” he said.
“Yes, these were the greatest elections, as Pamfilova [Ella Pamfilova, chairperson of the Russian Central Electoral Commission] and the dirtiest ones at the post-Soviet space,” concluded Grudinin.