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9 Million Celebrate Victory

Almost 9 million people participated in Victory Day celebrations across the country under the watchful eyes of some 250,000 law enforcement and military personnel, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

"The celebrations came off with no serious incidents," a ministry spokesman told Interfax.

More than 1.2 million people participated in celebrations in Moscow, city police spokesman Viktor Biryukov told Interfax. (MT)

United Russia Eyes Kerimov

The State Duma faction of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party on Thursday recommended bringing billionaire Duma Deputy Suleiman Kerimov into its ranks, Interfax reported Thursday.

Kerimov, Russia's second-richest man according to Forbes magazine, was elected on the Liberal Democratic Party ticket, but recently left the party. Last month he applied to join United Russia.

Kerimov more than doubled his wealth to $14.4 billion over the past year, becoming Russia's second-richest man and the world's 35th in Forbes' annual list of the world's richest people. (MT)

Yushchenko Fires 3rd Judge

KIEV -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday fired a third Constitutional Court judge in over a week in an apparent attempt to prevent the body from ruling in the country's monthlong political crisis.

The court has been deliberating on Yushchenko's April 2 decree to dissolve the parliament and to call snap elections.

Yushchenko's office said Thursday that the president had dismissed Judge Volodymyr Ivashchenko due to "a violation of [his] oath." Ivashchenko was the third judge whom Yushchenko dismissed in just over a week. (AP)

Bush Reaches Out to Putin

President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush discussed U.S.-Russian relations and the June G8 summit in a telephone conversation Thursday, the Kremlin said.

Kremlin spokesman Alexei Gromov told Interfax that Bush initiated the phone call. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and preparations for the G8 summit in Munich, as well as several other international issues, Gromov said. (MT)