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The Rodina Party lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court on Thursday
The Rodina Party lodged an appeal at the Supreme Court on Thursday against the ruling by the Moscow City Court which had banned its participation in the election to Moscow legislature, Rodina representative Alexander Bukov said. On November 26, the Moscow City Court announced that the demand by the Liberal Democratic Party /LDPR/ -- that Rodina be barred from the polls -- was justified. The LDPR had accused Rodina of inciting ethnic hatred in one of its television ads. The Supreme Court is to rule on the issue before the December 4 polls. Rodina said in the appeal that it had not been duly informed about the date and time of review of the LDPR's statement, and was therefore unable to offer proofs of its innocence. "We also challenge the court's decision that the advert was nationalist. LDPR representatives were never able to prove it; nor did any experts confirm their position," Bukov said. Moscow City Court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova denied Rodina's accusations, saying the court had duly informed all the parties to the case. Telegrams were sent in time to the address of Rodina's regional branch; and the address of its chairman, Usachyova said. Alexander Bukov and Alexander Shemelev - involved in the case over the party's statements, who were present at the Moscow City Court on November 25, refused to receive notifications, she said. The date of reviewing the 26-page appeal at the Supreme Court has not been set yet. The scandal around the television ad shown on 3rd Channel broke out earlier this month, with a number of politicians and public activists calling its contents totally inadmissible. Rodina leader Dmitry Rogozin and General Yuri Popov, who is running for Moscow City legislature appear in it in a scene where they demand that ‘descendants from the Caucasus’ pick up from the dirt the rinds someone threw away after eating a watermelon. While the two men are doing it, an indignant voice says off camera: “Do you speak any Russian at all?” “Let’s clean up our city,” says Rogozin on camera. “Let’s clear away all the dirt,” says a title on the screen. Rogozin said Rodina's ad did not mean to insult any ethnic community living in Moscow.
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