An application by former Russian vice-president Aleksandr Rutskoi to register as a candidate in the gubernatorial election in his native Kursk oblast has been turned down by local officials. (Interfax, September 10) Election rules state that candidates must have lived in the oblast for at least a year. Rutskoi was born and educated in Kursk but has recently been living in Moscow. He has argued that the regulations do not state that the year must be that directly preceding the election, and accused local officials of political bias.
Latvia, Lithuania Report Progress in Maritime Border Talks.