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    MOSCOW, MARCH 12, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI). International observers arrive in Moscow to monitor the presidential elections in Russia.

    RIA Novosti was told in the PACE headquarters that a delegation of nine members of the organization, headed by Rudolf Binding, a representative of German socialists, arrives in Moscow to monitor the presidential elections.

    Beginning from March 12, the parliamentarians will hold meetings in Moscow with presidential hopefuls, chairman of the Central Election Commission, journalists and representatives of civil society, reported the headquarters.

    In addition to Moscow, the PACE observers will also monitor the elections in St. Petersburg.

    OSCE representatives will also supervise the elections.

    Press secretary of the OSCE Moscow office Urdur Gunnarsdottir told RIA Novosti that about 340 staff members of this organisation will arrive in Russia to monitor the elections. According to her, representatives from more than 25 OSCE member countries will monitor the elections in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok.

    The final press conference of international observers has been scheduled for March 15.

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