MOSCOW, January 27, 2004. / RIA Novosti correspondent Nikolai Makarov/. Anzori Aksentiyev, a businessman and head of the Association 21st Century company, stepped down as a candidate for presidency in Russia. As Yelena Dubrovina, member of the Central Election Commission (CEC), told journalists Tuesday, CEC received Aksentiyev's statement to this effect on this very day. Dubrovina did not specify the reasons for the candidate to refuse to participate in the further presidential race.
Thus, eight candidates will continue their fight for the president's post. Four of them, i.e., Sergei Glaziyev, Irina Khakamada, Ivan Rybkin and Vladimir Bryntsalov, have not yet submitted voters' signatures in their support. Meanwhile, the deadline for submitting signature lists has been set for January 28, 6 p.m. Moscow time.
A video from 2013 that has resurfaced recently shows renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci admitting that scenes from the late Maria Schneider’s role in “Last Tango in Paris,” which included some explicit episodes, were not consensual.
Thai activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa has been arrested and charged with insulting the monarchy over a Facebook post he shared, the first person arrested under the country's strict royal defamation law since the country's new king took the throne December 1.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the Yankton Sioux Tribe have filed an official complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about their opposition to the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), calling on the body to ask the US government to halt the project.
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