Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that a fight for a democratic Russia was a long game after the opposition accused authorities of voter fraud during parliamentary polls.
In a message from prison, President Vladimir Putin's top critic praised his supporters' tactical voting in an effort to weaken the ruling party but said those results had been stolen.
Last week Russia held three-day parliamentary polls that followed an unprecedented crackdown including the poisoning and imprisonment of Navalny. Pre-election polls had shown that the popularity of the dominant United Russia party was at a historic low.
But Putin's party still claimed a two-thirds majority in the lower house.
Navalny called on supporters to keep up the fight.
"We have one country no matter where we live," the 45-year-old said on his Instagram account which is being run by his team.
"And the fight for it is not a sprint but a long and hard marathon."
Navalny had called for supporters to back other candidates who could potentially defeat United Russia, most of them from the Communist Party, and results indicated that his "Smart Voting" campaign had had some impact.
Despite claims of mass fraud, United Russia's share of the vote still went down to 49.8 percent from 54.2 percent in the last parliamentary election in 2016, while the Communists saw their support grow to 18.9 percent from 13.3 percent.
Navalny said the polls had been "stolen" and praised the "Smart Voting" campaign as a "huge success."
The main result of the current campaign, Navalny added, is that people understood that United Russia was no longer enjoying popular support and had to falsify election results to remain in power.
Claims of widespread fraud in 2011 sparked huge protests led by Navalny, who was arrested last January and jailed on old fraud charges following a poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent he blamed on the Kremlin.
On Monday evening, a few hundred people heeded a call from members of the Communist Party to gather in central Moscow to protest the election results.
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'I hope your car explodes': Newly revealed text messages show GOP Rep threatened and harassed colleague he used to date
In newly revealed text messages, Michigan GOP Rep. Steve Marino (R) vowed to destroy Democratic Rep. Mari Manoogian's life, even saying he hoped her car exploded on her way to work, the Detroit Free Press reports.
"I'm making it my life mission to destroy you," Marino said to Manoogian in an undated text message, according to Ingham County court records As the Detroit Free Press points out, the the messages and statements from Marino to Manoogian were used to secure a personal protection order against Marino.
In one text message, Marino tells Manoogian to "hide on the House floor" because "I'm going to park right next to your desk and ream you a new a--hole each session day until I leave that place."
Court filings show Manoogian said she dated Marino for about four months in 2019, but things changed after their relationship ended. Manoogian said she believed Marino to be mentally unstable.
"Face to face and over text, Steve began threatening me and harassing me. It has escalated to a point where I fear for my safety and for Steve's own safety," she said in a statement filed with the court. "I am afraid of Steve. He repeatedly tells me that he hopes I get in a car crash on my commute to Lansing, and that he hopes my car will blow up...He constantly berated me with obscenities, calling me a c---, a b----, and telling me to go f--- myself."
Manoogian also describes an encounter where Marino allegedly became physically abusive.
"Steve has emotionally and verbally abused me relentlessly. He also physically abused me. I do not like hugs, I am not a touchy-feely person. Steve knows this. He chased me around his apartment and held me against my will in a 'hug' until I cried," she stated.
Read the full report over at the Detroit Free Press.
Mike Lindell moves Trump's reinstatement to Thanksgiving after claiming cyber symposium was a 'home run'
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has revised his prediction for when he says the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments that the 2020 presidential election should be overturned.
Lindell has previously stated that the Supreme Court would reinstate Donald Trump as president by the end of August. But when that didn't happen, Lindell began pushing his predictions back until September or October.
On Tuesday, Lindell advised his fans that they would have to wait until the end of November for Trump's reinstatement.
"This is the big announcement, everyone," Lindell told Real America's Voice host Steve Bannon. "I made a promise to this country that with all the evidence I have that we would get it to the Supreme Court and I predicted they would vote 9-0 to look at the evidence."
"Originally I had hoped for August and September," he continued. "I asked all the lawyers just yesterday. We are taking this case to the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving. Now maybe Fox [News] will report that today. You heard it here first because our case is ready. We are bringing it to the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving."
"This evidence is 100% non-subjective evidence and that the Supreme Court, they're going to vote 9-nothing to take it in," Lindell added. "We will have this before the Supreme Court before Thanksgiving. That's my promise to the people of this country. We're all in this together. We worked very hard on this."
Despite failing to overturn the election in August, Lindell said that his so-called cyber symposium was a "home run" and "the best success we could ever ask for."
Watch the video below from Real America's Voice.
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