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23 Candidates run for mayor of Sochi
« on: March 26, 2009, 11:48:14 PM »
[b]Former Bolshoi Ballerina and Freemason head field of 23 running for Sochi Mayor[/b]

Ballerina Anastasia Volochkova announced Thursday that she will stand for mayor of the Black Sea resort of Sochi, bringing the number of candidates in the colorful election to 23.

Volochkova, who made the headlines in 2003 after she was fired from the Bolshoi Theater, reportedly because she weighed too much, submitted her documents and deposit to Sochi's elections commission on Thursday, she said in a statement.

"I am going to stand to protect people," Volochkova said. "I am not the Kremlin's candidate. I am the candidate of the owners of small hotels and street cafes."

Thursday was the last day for prospective candidates to register in the April 26 election, which will see several prominent political figures battling local and novelty candidates. Sochi is slated to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, a project for which the federal government has earmarked billions of dollars to almost entirely remake the underdeveloped resort.

The race includes opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, businessman Alexander Lebedev and former presidential candidate Andrei Bogdanov, a Kremlin-friendly liberal and one of the country's leading Freemasons.

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