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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

VLADIMIR, Russia, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Russian authorities began a criminal investigation Wednesday into alleged ballot rigging in the December parliamentary elections in Vladimir.
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.

Report calls Russian lawmaking chaotic

MOSCOW, May 6 (UPI) -- The process of lawmaking in the Russian parliament is too chaotic, the head of the parliament's upper chamber said Friday.

Russian parliamentarians blast Baltics

MOSCOW, May 6 (UPI) -- Federation Council members have dismissed demands that Russia publicly apologize for the occupation of the Baltic states.

Russian official blasts poisoning theory

MOSCOW, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A senior Russian official Friday dismissed claims that Russian Special Forces may have tried to poison Ukraine opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.

UPI Energy Watch

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- According to Viktor Shevaldin, director general of Lithuania's Ignalina nuclear power plant, one of the plant's turbines ceased to function for one week due to
ANDREA R. MIHAILESCU, United Press International

Fed Council OKs Russian budget

MOSCOW, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Russia's Federation Council voted unanimously Friday to approve next year's budget, Interfax news agency said.

Ukraine frontrunners woo left

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The two front-running candidates in Ukraine's presidential election have started to woo left wing voters, Interfax-Ukraine news agency said Monday.

Russia debates 40 new anti-terror laws

MOSCOW, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Russia's Duma, or parliament, returned from summer recess Wednesday to face 40 proposed terror-related bills sparked by a bloody summer of attacks. The initial task was to set a schedule for debate of the bills, demanded of government agencies by Presiden

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