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    NOVOSIBIRSK, December 14 (RIA Novosti) - Prosecutors in Siberia have charged a nationalist leader and former Russian media official with propagating racial hatred, a deputy regional prosecutor said Thursday.

    Boris Mironov, former head of the Russian Print Media Committee, was arrested in Moscow Monday and extradited to Novosibirsk in connection with anti-Semitic speeches he made while running for the Novosibirsk Region's governorship in 2003.

    Mironov co-chaired a nationalist party that was denied registration in 2003 after its campaign staff printed ballot papers with anti-Semitic statements, which were allegedly addressed to current Novosibirsk Governor Viktor Tolokonsky.

    Prosecutors said Mironov, who was dismissed from his post as print media minister in 1994 by then-President Boris Yeltsin for racist publications, had been on the run for three years.

    Mironov's lawyers could not be reached for comment.

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