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    KALERI, ON BOARD ISS NOW, WILL VOTE THROUGH AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE

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    MOSCOW, March 12, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri, who is currently on board the International Space Station (ISS) will vote at the March 14 Russian presidential elections through his authorized representative, the official spokesman for the Mission Control, Valery Lyndin, said.

    "Kaleri will certainly take tart in the presidential elections," he stressed.

    According to Mr. Lyndin, Alexander already decided for whom he would vote and informed his representative beforehand about his decision.

    "It has become a custom to vote in this way since the times of the Soviet space station Mir," Lyndin said, adding that also from the orbit Alexander Kaleri took part in the December 7, 2003 parliamentary elections of Russia and also he voted through his authorized representative.

    On March 14, 2004, the ISS crew consisting of two spacemen - a Russian and an American will have a day off. "This is in no way connected with the elections. In orbit, like on the Earth, Sunday is a day off," Lyndin said.

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