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Putin Lauds Elections as Most Transparent Ever

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday hailed the recent regional elections as "more transparent than ever" as Moscow's elections commission announced acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin as the official winner of the city's mayoral vote and set his inauguration ceremony for Thursday.

Sochi Authorities Begin Raids to Find Illegal Migrants

Migration authorities in Sochi on Tuesday kicked off a campaign to catch migrants working in the country illegally in an effort to rid the city of all illegal migrants before next year's Winter Olympics.

Roizman Called In for Questioning 2 Days After Mayoral Win

The Moscow Times
Opposition politician Yevgeny Roizman, who won Sunday's mayoral vote in Yekaterinburg, was scheduled to be questioned by investigators Tuesday as a witness in a criminal case against a former employee of his City Without Drugs foundation.

What the Papers Say, Sept. 10, 2013

BBC Monitoring
A roundup of today's Russian-language newspapers.

First Krispy Kreme Cafe to Open in Russia

The Moscow Times
The first Russian Krispy Kreme doughnut cafe, a franchise managed by restaurateur Arkady Novikov, will welcome its first customers on Thursday in an iconic location on Nikolskaya Street, a walking distance from Red Square.

State Duma Holds First Session After Summer Break

The Moscow Times
The State Duma convened for the first time since its summer recess this Tuesday for what Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin promised would be a season of "incisive political debates."

Bach Becomes IOC Head Amid Sochi Olympics Controversy

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday elected German fencing champion Thomas Bach as its new president as tensions remain high around the upcoming Olympic Games to be hosted by Russia next year.

Russia's Syria Plan Gains Momentum

Britain, France and the U.S. are set to table a resolution on Syria's chemical weapons in the UN Security Council on Tuesday evening as a Russian plan to avert a U.S.-led military strike against Syria has garnered overwhelming global support.

Dismantling Syria Arsenal Would Be a 'Tough Task'

Any deal with Syria to hand over its chemical weapons in the middle of a chaotic civil war would be difficult for inspectors to enforce, and destroying them would likely take years, U.S. officials and experts caution.

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