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    MOSCOW, February 15, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexandra Chebanu) -- The 3rd extraordinary congress of the Party of Russian Regions, which on Sunday was renamed as Rodina, decided to support Vladimir Putin at the forthcoming presidential elections, deputy head of the party's executive committee Valery Neznamov has reported.

    Apart from this, the congress decided that it was "impossible for members of the Rodina bloc's Supreme Council to take part in the presidential election campaign", he said.

    The delegates were against "giving any of presidential candidates the right to use the name and symbols of the Rodina bloc, which was set up to participate in another campaign, the parliamentary elections". "The congress decided to restrict statements of the Supreme Council's members in support of any of presidential candidates," Neznamov said.

    The 3rd congress also urged all parties and blocs to support incumbent president Vladimir Putin at the elections.

    According to Neznamov's information, Viktor Gerashchenko was to be elected the party's co-chairman and member of its Political Council.

    Earlier the congress had ruled to exclude its former co-chairman Sergei Glazyev.

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