About 150,000 Georgians in Russia have no chance to vote - community leader

No proper conditions have been created for Georgian voters residing abroad, representatives of the Georgian ethnic community in Russia claimed.

"Thousands of Georgians residing in foreign countries, who have the right to vote, had no chance to do so," Vladimir Khomeriki, the president of the Congress of Ethnic Associations of Russia and first vice president of the Georgians in Russia Society, told Interfax on Saturday.

"The largest Georgian community is in Russia. And here Georgian authorities created the worst conditions for voters. Some 150,000 Georgians residing in Russia were deprived of the opportunity to cast their ballots," he said.

Only two polling stations were opened in Russia, both of them at the Georgian embassy in Moscow, said Khomeriki, who is a leader of the Georgian community in Russia.

There are no polling stations either in St.Petersburg or in other Russian cities where Georgian citizens, who have the right to vote, live and work," he said.

"Reports arriving from Georgia point to mass rigging. We are also worried by reports saying that there are nearly 3.5 million voters in Georgia. Georgia's population is that large! In the previous Georgian presidential election 2.4 million voters were registered. How could a million voters have come into being in just a few years?" he said.

The opposition will emerge victorious from the Georgian election, Khomeriki predicted.

"My forecast is that the opposition will win. Run-off elections are likely, in which the opposition leaders must forge a compromise," said Khomeriki.

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