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United Russia Set to Capture Samara Vote

Most residents of Samara's rundown neighborhood of Zheleznodorozhny made no effort to conceal their support for Dmitry Azarov, a slick-looking 40-year-old who ran against the incumbent mayor, Viktor Tarkhov, in Sunday's elections.

Polls Yield High Turnout and a Death

Election officials reported unexpectedly high turnout, early United Russia victories and at least one death Sunday as voters took part in 7,865 polls involving about 100,000 candidates in 77 of the country's 84 regions.

Arbat Prestige Claims Dropped

The Moscow Arbitration Court has ruled that tax claims against cosmetics chain Arbat Prestige were illegal, raising defense lawyers' hopes that criminal charges versus former owner Vladimir Nekrasov and reputed crime boss Semyon Mogilevich will be dropped.

Putin Hints at German Entry in South Stream

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said German companies were now considering joining South Stream and that a number of new European firms were showing "great interest" in entering the gas pipeline project.

Uranium Deal Faces U.S. Objections

Russian uranium producer Atomredmetzoloto maintained a calm front Friday in the face of objections by powerful U.S. legislators to a deal that would give it control over a uranium mining operation in the United States.

Resin Agrees to Work With Preservationists

In a sign that Moscow's next mayor may take a new tack on the city's architectural heritage, acting Mayor Vladimir Resin agreed to form a joint council to preserve historic buildings.

Sobyanin Called Shoo-In for Mayor

President Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow's next mayor will be one of four candidates nominated by United Russia over the weekend, and analysts said the clear front-runner is Sergei Sobyanin, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's chief of staff.

1,000 Rally for New Anti-Kremlin Bloc

Combined Reports
About 1,000 people gathered in Moscow's Bolotnaya Ploshchad on Saturday to support a new anti-Kremlin coalition that has said it will field a presidential candidate in 2012. Opposition politicians called for challenging United Russia in the next elections.

Baturina’s Brother Seeks Cash

The Moscow Times
Businessman Viktor Baturin has filed a claim with the Investigative Committee saying his sister, Inteko owner Yelena Baturina, owed him 3.5 billion rubles ($117 million) in wages.

Bout Files New Appeal

Associated Press
Accused arms trafficker Viktor Bout filed a last-ditch appeal to try to stall his extradition to the United States, where he faces terrorism charges.

Kyrgyzstan Votes in Landmark Election

Kyrgyz voters came out in force Sunday to cast ballots to create the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia, in an election that many hope can unite the country four months after the worst bloodshed in its modern history.

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