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Saturday, 1 January, 2000, 17:18 GMT
RUSSIA


US hails 'step forward' for Russia
Washington welcomes the results of Russia's national elections, in which pro-government forces made significant gains.
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Russian press reflects on election shock
Analysis: Putin, next stop president?
Poll boost for Russian PM
Poll boost for Russian PM
Russian parliamentary elections give a major boost to prime minister Putin and the man he hopes to succeed as president, Boris Yeltsin.
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Russian media marvels at right-wing surge
Sudden rise of the Unity party
Analysis: Putin, next stop president?
Vladimir Zhirinovsky often supports the Kremlin Analysis: Russia's new balance of power
Russia's new parliament may have more in common with the government than the last, but relations could still be difficult.

Also:
US hails 'step forward' for Russia
Russian press reflects on election shock
Poll boost for Russian PM
Analysis: Putin, next stop president?
Results of the Russian general election point to a presidential victory for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin next year, and a pro-reform majority in parliament.
Vladimir Putin: Spy turned politician
Known as the "grey cardinal", Vladimir Putin is a former spy whose popularity rests on Russia's military success in Chechnya.
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