NEWSWATCH: “In Western Moscow, Putin Allies Lose an Election but Cling to Power” – Reuters

Moscow Aerial View Satellite Image File Photo, adapted from image at jpl.nasa.gov

“More than 10 weeks after losing a local council election in western Moscow … Putin’s party is clinging to power there – by fair means or foul.  The standoff over control of Filyovsky Park Council came to a head when opposition councilor Vadim Korovin tried to sit in the chairman’s seat at a meeting on Tuesday. A councilor from the Russian president’s United Russia cut his microphone cable and then body-checked him as he tried to reach the seat. … All four United Russia members on the council … walked out. Soon afterwards the electricity in the building, and all the lights, went off. …”

NEWSWATCH: “In Western Moscow, Putin Allies Lose an Election but Cling to Power” – Reuters