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Kasyanov Comes Under Investigation

The former PM and opposition candidate Mikhail Kasyanov has been accused by the authorities of forging signatures in his registration forms for candidacy in the presidential elections. With Kasyanov removed from elections, then the shoe-in successor Dmitri Medvedev would only have to compete against nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, and the democrat Andrei Bogdanov – who apparently offer as much diversity in the spectrum of opinion as the Kremlin deems necessary for the upcoming (s)elections. The things we are asked to believe in Russia today…