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Trutnev in United Russia?

Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev has applied to join United Russia, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Trutnev will likely be offered to head up the party's Perm region ticket in the State Duma elections in December, a party spokesman told Interfax.

Trutnev said Tuesday that he would head the Perm regional list "if the party entrusts" him with it. His application was to be considered Tuesday night.

Trutnev served as the mayor of Perm from 1996 to 2000 and as Perm's governor from 2000 to 2004. President Vladimir Putin appointed him natural resources minister in March 2004. (MT)

Nashi Kicks Out Reporters

The pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi on Tuesday kicked out three journalists from its two-week training camp in the Tver region.

Journalists Ilya Barabanov of The New Times, Maxim Yaroshevsky of Radio Liberty and Mikhail Romanov of Moskovsky Komsomolets, were forced to leave the camp on the shores of Lake Seliger because they lacked accreditation, Interfax reported. Nashi leader Vasily Yakemenko told Interfax that Barabanov and Romanov had been denied accreditation to the camp, though he did not explain why. (MT)

Poland Confident on Shield

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. missile defense system will be built in Poland despite Russia's anger over the plans, Polish President Lech Kaczynski said after a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush.

Kaczynski expressed confidence over the system, although Poland has held off a formal agreement to host it and has pressed for concessions on issues including related military contracts. (Reuters)

Metro Station Elicits Prayers

State Duma deputies and Orthodox activists prayed Tuesday for the Voikovskaya metro station to be renamed because it honors Pyotr Voikov, one of the executioners of Tsar Nicholas II and his family in 1918.

Participants at the Cathedral of All Saints, near the Sokol metro station, prayed to have the the station renamed to Peterburgskaya, Interfax reported.

Next year will be the 90th anniversary of the tsar's execution. (MT)