MOSCOW 2 April 2012. Yevgeny Urlashov won 70 percent of the vote in Yaroslavl, in western Russia, easily defeating the acting mayor, who was the candidate of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party.
Yevgeny Urlashov, an anti-corruption crusader, dealt a painful blow to the main Kremlin party and energised the beleaguered opposition.
Urlashov’s victory, reflects growing public irritation with official corruption and social inequality. And it gives new hope to Russia’s opposition, which has struggled to maintain momentum after Putin won a third presidential term last month.