Moscow Politics – level 3

06-08-2019 07:00

All of Moscow’s city council seats are currently pro-Kremlin, but they are all up for election this September. To be on the ballot, candidates are required to collect a certain number of signatures, depending on the size of the district.

Authorities banned some candidates because they do not have enough valid signatures. On the other hand, the opposition politicians say that the signatures are valid and they are being blocked so that there will continue to be pro-Kremlin councillors only.

This month, the situation gave rise to a series of protests, including one that drew 22,000 people. However, authorities declared the protests illegal, and they arrested more than 1,000 people, including opposition politicians.

Difficult words: city council (an institution of the ‘bosses’ of a city), ballot (a piece of paper where you choose who you are voting for), valid (real, legal).

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