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OSCE Blamed for Delay

The Foreign Ministry on Tuesday blamed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for delays in accrediting the organization's observers for the Dec. 2 State Duma elections, saying their applications had been filed at the last minute.

The OSCE had been warned about the correct procedure, the ministry said in a statement on its web site, adding that "only recently" had the Central Elections Commission received accreditation applications for the observers.

The OSCE, which plans to send 70 observers for the Dec. 2 vote, said Monday that 12 representatives had not received their visas despite having sent the applications in a timely fashion. The 2003 Duma elections were monitored by a 450-member OSCE delegation. (MT)

Novaya Gazeta Office Closes

The editors of the Samara edition of Novaya Gazeta said they had shut down the newspaper's offices under pressure from local authorities.

Police have detained reporters for questioning and raided the newspaper's offices on several occasions over the past two months in an attempt to have the newspaper's license revoked, said Sergei Kurt-Adzhiyev, editor of the Samara edition, reported Monday.

It has become "almost impossible" to work as the Dec. 2 State Duma elections approach, Kurt-Adzhiyev said.

Ahead of the Dissenters' March in Samara in May, police confiscated computers and financial documents from Novaya Gazeta's Samara offices. Kurt-Adzhiyev was subsequently charged with using illegal software and barred from leaving the country. (MT)

8 Killed in Dagestani Raid

MAKHACHKALA -- Police troops have stormed a house in the capital of Dagestan, killing eight militants, including two women, a law enforcement official said.

Police forces had blockaded the house in Makhachkala before dawn Monday, after receiving reports that an armed gang was holed up there.

Regional Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said eight militants were confirmed killed. (AP)