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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Amur Candidates

MOSCOW (MT) -- President Vladimir Putin will likely pick incumbent Amur Governor Leonid Korotkov to serve another term out of four short-listed candidates for the post, Kommersant said Wednesday. Konstantin Pulikovsky, presidential envoy in the Far East Federal District, said that Korotkov and three other candidates had been short-listed, the paper reported.

Kommersant said possible candidates included Vladimir Voshchevoz, a federal inspector of the region, and Vladimir Gryzlov, a cousin of State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov and commander of a local military academy. Korotkov's term of office expires April 21.

Constitution Denial

MOSCOW (MT) -- The Kremlin on Wednesday denied speculation that it is drafting amendments to the Constitution.

"The presidential administration is not conducting any work linked with introducing amendments to the current Constitution," a Kremlin source said, Interfax reported.

Stanislav Belkovsky, who heads the National Strategy Institute, became the latest analyst to weigh in on a possible change in the Constitution on Tuesday, when he outlined his own plan for "an uncrowned monarch" to be elected by parliament rather than by popular vote.

Economic FSB?

MOSCOW (MT) -- The economic security department of the Federal Security Service may soon branch out to form a new agency to combat economic crime, Izvestia reported Wednesday.

The paper reported that FSB's legal and personnel departments are to come up with a plan by Feb. 20 on disbanding the FSB's economic security service.