On Monday Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the YABLOKO party, appealed to the Supreme Court against the decision of the Central Electoral Commission denying him registration in presidential elections.

Yavlinsky asked in the appeal to revoke the decision on the denial in registration in the presidential election campaign and oblige the Central Electoral Commission to register him in the campaign.

Grigory Yavlinsky ran in presidential elections twice: in 1996 and 2000. In 1996 he came fourth with 7.34 per cent, and he was third in 2000 with 5.8 per cent. In 2004 and 2008 he did not participate in the presidential elections.

In 2012 he planned to participate in the presidential elections, however, on January 27 the Central Electoral Commission officially denied him the registration. The decision was adopted by a majority vote in the Commission. Only Elena Dubrovina, member of the Central Electoral Commission and YABLOKO member, voted against this decision.

The Commission denied Yavlinsky registration on the pretext that during the check up of voters’ signatures in favour of his nomination the number of defective signatures was higher than allowed.