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Ukrainian electoral officials said Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Moscow candidate (photo, from aljazeera.net), will win a narrow victory in the presidential election.

With more than 98% of votes counted, Mr Yanukovych had a 2.7% lead over his rival, PM Yulia Tymoshenko, media said. (more…)

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All gas supplies to Ukraine from Russia have stopped after the collapse of talks to end a row over unpaid bills and prices.

The taps have been turned off at 0700 GMT, said Gazprom, Russia’s gas giant, when its contract to supply Ukraine ended. (more…)

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Amid deepening controversy, judge Yevgeny Zubov has suspended the trial of three men suspected of involvement in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya (photo). (more…)

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A bill extending the presidential term from four to six years has received final approval from the lower house of Russia’s parliament. The move is widely seen as paving the way for Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. (Putin left and Medvedev right on the photo, from aljazeera.net) (more…)

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The judge in the trial of three people accused of being involved in the murder of Anna Politkovskaya (photo), an investigative journalist and Kremlin critic, decided on Wednesday to close it to the public. Lawyers said that it could hinder justice being done. (more…)

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After talks near Moscow with Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister, has expressed outrage at reports that Ukraine supplied arms and technicians to Georgia before the recent war. He added that if such reports were confirmed, they constituted a “crime”. (photo, from bbc.co.uk) (more…)

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Alexander Solzhenitsyn (photo, from bbc.co.uk), the Russian author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, who exposed Stalin’s prison system in his novels and spent 20 years in exile, has died near Moscow, at the age of 89. (more…)

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