Court rejects Navalny's appeal for suspending inauguration of Sobyanin
The Moscow City Court has rejected opposition activist Alexei Navalny's appeal demanding the suspension of Sergei Sobyanin's mayoral inauguration for the period of consideration of his lawsuit for annulment of the election's outcome," a source in the court press service told Interfax.
"The measures requested by Navalny are not the measures to secure lawsuits of this category," the court representative said.
Navalny lodged the lawsuit with the Moscow City Court on Thursday morning requesting a repeal of the Moscow mayoral election results. He asked that Sobyanin's inauguration be postponed as a way of securing his lawsuit.
The court press service said the appeal for suspending the Moscow city elections commission's decision regarding the election results was turned down.
"Navalny did not provide evidence that a lack of security for his lawsuit might hamper the enforcement of the prospective court ruling," the source said.
The Moscow City Court said that a decision to accept the case and hold hearings would be made within five days after the submission of Navalny's application.
Following the Moscow City Court's refusal to postpone the inauguration of Sobyanin, the head of Navalny's campaign staff, Leonid Volkov, said he doubted that their complaint about ballot results would be heeded.
"Anything is possible but this is a strong indication that this lawsuit will not be upheld," Volkov told Interfax.
"We are surprised, although we realized at the time that there was a possibility of things turning out this way," he said. "The actions of the Moscow City Court are illegal but expected and predictable."