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Teacher Faces Dismissal

A Nizhny Novgorod history teacher faces dismissal after trying to bring an anti-Putin poster to a pro-Kremlin demonstration, The Other Russia opposition coalition said Thursday.

The teacher, National Bolshevik activist Yekaterina Bunicheva, and two other anti-Kremlin demonstrators were detained on Jan. 28 at a United Russia rally while trying to raise a poster saying "No More Putin," said Alexander Averin, spokesman for The Other Russia, which includes the banned National Bolshevik Party.

School director Vladimir Ushakov, a United Russia party member, is officially seeking Bunicheva's dismissal because she missed five days of work while in detention, he said. (MT)

For the Record

The OSCE agreed Thursday to extend the presence of 20 military observers in Georgia until the end of June, as the group tries to reach a deal with Moscow to maintain its role there. (Reuters)

U.S. Undersecretary of State William Burns held talks with Russian officials Thursday, the State Department said, following up on a promise by Vice President Joe Biden last week to hit the "reset button" in Russian ties. (Reuters)

The head of the Union of Journalists, Igor Yakovenko, was ousted by a unanimous vote of the union's members Thursday, Interfax reported. Yakovenko linked his dismissal to his opposition to the authorities. (MT)