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Duma faction leaders inspect Sochi Olympic facilities

The leaders of the State Duma factions arrived  today in Sochi and inspected the Primorsky Cluster of the 2014 Olympics.The deputies viewed the "Bolshoi" Ice Arena for ice hockey, an arena for figure skating and the short-track "Iceberg", an arena for curling and a skating center. They also inspected the construction of the Central Olympic Stadium.

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Volgograd may be renamed Stalingrad

Valentina Matviyenko, Speaker of the Federation Council of Russia, proposed a referendum in Volgograd to decide whether it should be renamed Stalingrad. She emphasized that there were both people sharing the idea and people against it. The speaker added that Paris has the Stalingrad Metro Station.

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 Listeners of the President’s speech comment on it for Vestnik Kavkaza

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 12, the Day of the Constitution, delivered a speech to the Federal Assembly: this is the first message since the election in March 2012 to the post of President. After the speech, TV historian Nikolai Svanidze, Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, leader of the faction "United Russia" Vladimir Vasilyev and Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov commented on it.

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Leader of the Communist Party of Russia Gennady Zyuganov went to Kislovodsk to treat his knee joint, Interfax reports.He had scheduled examination at a polyclinic in Kislovodsk on Monday. Zyuganov had problems with a knee joint as a result of weather change, MP Alexander Yushenko says.

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Leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov has been hospitalized in Kislovodsk, Interfax reports.The regional healthcare minister is on his way to see Zyuganov. He has not mentioned the reason for hospitalization.

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Russia marks May 1

Russia is marking May 1, the Day of Spring and Labour. About 120,000 people will take part in meetings. The Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia is expected to be the most massive, under the leadership of President Dmitry Medvedev. The CPRF, LDPR and A Fair Russia plan meetings. The opposition plans to gather a million protesters on May 6.

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More than 800 people participated in a rally held by Russian communists on Saturday toprotest the creation of a NATO transit hub in the Volga city of Ulyanovsk,birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, RIA-Novosti reports.Members of the communist party from various regions of Russia gatheredunder the leadership of the party's leader, Gennady Zyuganov, in the center ofUlyanovsk on Saturday. Supporters of "The Just Russia" party, as well asactivists of the Left Front Movement and "The Other Russia" and journaliststook part in the rally and the march which followed.

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Ruben Tovmasyan, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Armenian Communist Party, said on April 12 that his party wants further enforcement of Armenia’s alliances with Russia in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, News.am reports.The party says that the country needs to improve staff, making it more responsible to end corruption, bribery and clan formation. The parliament needs a law on dismissal of MPs and stripping them of their immunity.

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The Central Electoral Commission of Russia will announce the final results of presidential elections today, RIA Novosti reports.According to preliminary results of 100% of protocols, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a member of United Russia, has won the presidential elections with 63.60% of the vote. Gennady Zyuganov, the Communist Party leader, got 17.18%, independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov got 7.98%. Vladimir Zhirinovskiy the LDPR leader got 6.22%, Sergey Mironov, leader of A Just Russia, got 3.85%.

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Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has described information on government reshuffles as rumours, RIA Novosti reports.The only obvious information about appointments is that they will be made by Dmitry Medvedev until May 7 and by Vladimir Putin after May 7.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who won the presidentialelection in the first round on March 4, urged his political opponentsto respect the opinion of the voters at a meeting with presidentialcandidates Sergei Mironov, Mikhail Prokhorov and VladimirZhirinovsky.He congratulated Mironov, Prokhorov and Zhirinovsky on the resultsobtained at the elections.Russian political forces should seek compromises and cooperation,Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said after the elections.

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Thousands of rival demonstrators are expected to take to the streetsthis evening in post-election rallies, after Prime Minister VladimirPutin was elected president in an election the opposition claim wasflawed, RIA-Novosti reports.Two mass rallies by Putin’s supporters are scheduled for today. Thefirst one, which is expected to bring together as many as 20,000people, is taking place on Manezhnaya Square, the same venue thathosted Sunday’s event where Putin arrived as the winner of the polls.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is leading the presidentialelection with 46.95% of the vote after the processing of 100% of the ballots inMoscow. Putin is followed by Mikhail Prokhorov, who collected 20.45% of thevotes according to the official website of the Moscow ElectoralCommission.

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 The recent presidential polls, with unprecedented measures of clarity and control of observers, have provoked many comments on their fairness and legitimacy. International independent observers say that the polls were held according to international standards and legislature, as stated by US observer Clyde Preston.

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North Caucasus votes for Putin

Russian CEC Chairman Vladimir Churov has announced that Vladimir Putin won presidential elections in the first round with 63.75% of vote. Gennady Zyuganov, communist leader, got 17.19%, independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov got 7.72%. Vladimir Zhirinovski, LDPR leader, got 6.23%, Sergey Mironov, leader of Fair Russia, got 3.85%.

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Russian prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a member of United Russia, has won the presidential elections with 63.81% of vote. Gennady Zyuganov, communist leader, got 17.19%, independent candidate Mikhail Prokhorov got 7.78%.Vladimir Zhirinovski, LDPR leader, got 6.23%, Sergey Mironov, leader of Fair Russia, got 3.84%.Over 44.9 million people voted for Putin, over 12.1 million for Zyuganov, over 5.4 million for Prokhorov, over 4.3 million for Zhirinovski, over 2.7 million for Mironov.

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