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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast – Oct 13, 2008

131008.jpgTODAY: Medvedev oversees missile test; United Russia wins regions across the country; Russia prefers Obama; anti-Russia party wins Lithuanian elections; Deripaska links dog British politician; Einstein. Attending a test firing of two strategic missiles, President Dmitry Medvedev said he would commission a new generation of weapons for Russia’s armed forces. Sunday’s election for Russia’s regional assemblies saw United Russia receiving over 50% of the votes in all major regions. Read a special report detailing the events of the 1993 Communist demonstration in Moscow in which a reported 150 people were killed. The US presidential candidates are now showing ‘a similar resolve’ on plans to deal with Russia, but a senior Russian lawmaker says that Barack Obama would be a better partner for Moscow. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wants the west to stop trying to ‘teach lessons’ to Russia.

Homeland Union, the Lithuanian party that has ‘long taken the toughest position towards Russia’ has won the country’s elections. British Labour politician Peter Mandelson is receiving press attention over his links with oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Albert Einstein on Russia.PHOTO: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov visit Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)