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Putin Drops Election Chief in Surprise Nomination List

Six months before the parliamentary election Russian President Vladimir Putin has dropped the key official responsible for holding elections from the list of nominees for the job. The Kremlin on Thursday released the names of five nominees to the Central Election Commission, one of whom will be elected chairman. Vladimir Churov, the current chief who became notorious for refusing to investigate electoral fraud, is not on the list. Churov was nicknamed The Wizard by the Russian...

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