Putin ally set to win tight Moscow mayor election: exit polls
MOSCOW (AFP) - Incumbent Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin is set to win elections in the Russian capital on Sunday despite an unexpectedly strong performance by protest leader Alexei Navalny, exit polls said.
Mr Sobyanin, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, is due to retain the post of mayor in the first round with 52.5 per cent of the vote while Mr Navalny is due to get 29.1 per cent, the Kremlin-connected FOM polling group said.
A second exit poll by the VTsIOM, another Kremlin-linked polling agency, gave a similar projection, putting Mr Sobyanin on 53 per cent and Navalny on 32 per cent.
Communist candidate Ivan Melnikov was predicted to come third.