Pro-Kremlin candidates have suffered major losses in a Moscow municipal election following an opposition-led strategic voting campaign, Russian news agencies reported on Monday, September 9th, according to AFP.
Significant gains went to independent, Communist and liberal candidates against those allied with the ruling United Russia party after nearly all votes were counted.
According to Interfax and RIA Novosti, the Communists were on track to win 13 or 14 seats, up from only five in the previous assembly.
After having none previously, the liberal Yabloko party and left leaning Just Russia party were set to take three seats each.
Pro-Kremlin deputies held 38 of the assembly's 45 seats after the previous election in 2014, with 28 belonging to United Russia.
Interfax stated that nine previous deputies of United Russia had retained their seats but that the party's leader in Moscow Andrei Metelsky, had lost a re-election bid.
After his allies were banned from the vote, main opposition leader Alexei Navalny put forward a "Smart Voting" plan urging Muscovites to support those who had the highest chances of beating pro-Kremlin candidates.