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    LOCATION OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IVAN RYBKIN UNKNOWN

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 9 (RIA Novosti) - The search for missing presidential candidate Ivan Rybkin did not give any results so far.

    Policemen jointly with Federal Security Service officers continue conducting special operations to find him.

    People last saw him and talked to him over the phone on Thursday evening, February 5.

    On Saturday, head of Rybkin's election headquarters Kseniya Ponomaryova reported that its members cannot find him, even get in touch with him by phone. She did not make any suggestions on his location.

    On Saturday, the Central Election Commission registered Ivan Rybkin as candidate to the post of the Russian president. This decision was based on the check of whether the procedure of Rybkin's self-nomination corresponded to the documents necessary for the registration of the candidates as well as of the authenticity of information contained in the signing lists. Out of 2.5 million signatures Rybkin gathered in his support, the Central Election Commission rejected 21 percent, although initially the point at issue was 26 percent. According to the law, this figure should not exceed 25 percent.

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