Without primaries, the democratic opposition is primed for an internal rivalry in the Moscow mayoral race
On Wednesday, the “Civic Initiative” party nominated former State Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov to run for mayor of Moscow. He says he’ll soon submit the necessary paperwork to the city’s election commission. Gudkov is one of more than a dozen politicians, including incumbent Sergey Sobyanin and fellow oppositionist Ilya Yashin, who have already announced their intention to seek mayoral candidacy.
Gudkov and Yashin previously stressed the democratic opposition’s need for mayoral primaries, to avoid cannibalizing the anti-Kremlin movement’s admittedly limited number of votes. Personalities clashed, however, and now the two men are set to go head-to-head.