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    TRANSDNIESTRIA TO OFFER 16 STATIONS FOR RUSSIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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    CHISINAU, MARCH 3 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The Russian Embassy to Moldova does not intend to reduce the number of Transdniestrian polling stations for an upcoming Russian presidential election, says Minister-Counselor Yuri Mordvintsev.

    In compliance with recommendations of Moldova's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 16 substations - with a status inferior to standard polling station - will open in Transdniestria to provide for Russian nationals resident in the unrecognized republic in Moldova. There are 70,000 of these, say the latest statistics.

    Judging by last December's Russian parliamentary election, an even greater turnout can be expected in the presidential poll of March 14, so an adequate number of polling stations is a must, Mr. Mordvintsev said to Novosti.

    The embassy will join hands with local authorities for public safety on the polling day, he reassured.

    The host country's Foreign Ministry previously advised to the embassy to make do with two full-fledged stations, in Tiraspol, Transdniestrian capital, and Bendery, a major town, with mobile points for all other settlements. Moldovan authorities refuse to bear responsibility for public order in a locality out of Chisinau control, explained the ministry.

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