Lawmaker quits over property revelations

MOSCOW, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Russian parliament's ethics committee resigned Wednesday over revelations he owned $1.3 million in real estate in Florida, officials say.

Outside Moscow, Putin wins over Russians

MOSCOW, March 3 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appears to have enough support outside Moscow to give him the victory in his bid to become president, observers say.
Putin bid said to have wide support

Putin bid said to have wide support

MOSCOW, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- More than half of Russian voters surveyed said they support Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in his bid to become the country's president.
Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

Moscow officials deny pushing Putin rally

MOSCOW, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- City officials in Moscow deny claims they're pressuring school leaders to send employees to a rally supporting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid.
Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

Russian panel rejects 2 presidential bids

MOSCOW, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- The Russian Central Election Committee rejected Liberal opposition leader Grigory Yavlinsky's bid to run for president against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

Polls show Putin support under 50 percent

MOSCOW, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Support for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's presidential bid rose to 48 percent in recent weeks, the state-run polling agency VTsIOM said Friday.

Russia opens voter fraud investigation

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Medvedev pushes Putin for president

Medvedev pushes Putin for president

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the main task of the ruling United Russia Party is to make Vladimir Putin a "worthy" 2012 presidential candidate.

Russian lawmaker wants adoption moratorium

MOSCOW, April 14 (UPI) -- A moratorium should be placed on all foreign adoptions of Russian children, the speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament said Wednesday.

Russia, S. Ossetia lawmakers to cooperate

MOSCOW, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Russian parliamentarians say they're deepening ties to their counterparts in the breakaway Georgia republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia denies hand in Serbian violence

MOSCOW, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Russia's ambassador to NATO says if the European Union or NATO "steps beyond its mandate in Kosovo" force may be necessary for other views to be respected.

Russian party to nominate Putin in 2012

MOSCOW, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- A left-wing Russian political party announced it will nominate President Vladimir Putin for another term in 2012.

Bread costs up in Jewish Autonomous Region

BIROBIDZHAN, Russia, July 26 (UPI) -- The retail costs of bread, flour and other bakery goods rose 20 to 30 percent Thursday in Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region, Itar-Tass has reported.

Putin honors fallen Russian soldiers

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin honored the sacrifice of fallen soldiers Tuesday as he took part in a ceremony at Moscow's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony in the Aleksandrovsky Garden was to recognize those killed in World War II and Putin w

Putin still not running again

MOSCOW, March 30 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin apparently has no intention of running for a third presidential term, the Kremlin press service said Friday.
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Sergei Mironov
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) walks with parliament factions' leaders at Zavidovo residence, 100 kms (62.5 miles) north of Moscow on July 12, 2008. From left to right are Medvedev, Vladimir Zhirinovsky of Liberal Democratic Party, Russian Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov Sergei Mironov of Just Russia, speaker of the parliament Boris Gryzlov of United Russia and communist leader Gennady Zyuganov. (UPI Photo/Alex Volgin) .

Sergey Mikhailovich Mironov (Russian: Сергéй Михáйлович Мирóнов) (born February 14, 1953), is a Russian statesman and the current Speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament. Sergey Mironov is from Saint Petersburg and is considered to be a close ally of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In the 1970's Sergey Mironov served in airborne troops in the Soviet Army. Later he graduated from the Leningrad Mining Institute and worked as an engineer-geophysicist. After a brief time of working as an entrepreneur he entered politics and in 1994 was elected deputy of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly. In June, 2000 he was elected vice-Chairman of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly and in 2001 entered the Federation Council of Russia as a representative of the St. Petersburg. In December 2001 Sergey Mironov was elected to be a Speaker of the Federation Council. Since February 2003 Sergey Mironov has been the Chairman of the Council of Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of States – members of the Commonwealth of Independent States and since April 2003 - Chairman of the Russian Party of Life.

Mironov was a candidate in the 2004 presidential election. He was not considered to be a serious candidate and was quoted as saying: "We all want Vladimir Putin to be the next president." He polled less than one per cent of the vote.

In October 2006 he became the leader of the new center-left opposition party Fair Russia which was formed by uniting Rodina, Mironov's Russian Party of Life and Russian Pensioners' Party. This effectively makes him the leader of the opposition as the three parties together would be stronger than the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

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