Chechens who went to the polls Sunday elected a new Kremlin-backed President, Alu Alkhanov, who has been threatened by rebels and whose victory was condemned by watch groups.
By PBS NewsHour
Traces of explosives were found in the wreckage of one of the two airliners that went down in Russia earlier this week, indicating terrorism was the likely cause of the crash, Russian security officials said Friday.
Investigators have found the flight data recorders from two planes that crashed within minutes of each other late Tuesday night in Russia, killing all 89 people aboard.
Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin won reelection in Sunday's presidential poll by a comfortable margin. The Russian leader faced no strong competitors and found little need to vigorously campaign.
Thirty-nine people died and more than 100 were injured Friday morning when a bomb exploded in a packed subway train in Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Sunday's election, which swept many of his political allies into parliament, marked a sign of strengthening democracy.
Russia's top court has struck down parts of new regulations restricting media coverage during the run-up to December elections.
Russian authorities claimed Friday to have uncovered a base near Moscow for suicide bombers in an "anti-terror" operation they said had prevented planned attacks.
The Russian Media Ministry ended broadcasts of financially troubled TVS, the country's last independent national television station, and replaced it with a new state-run sports channel.
Russia's parliament gave final approval Friday to a resolution that will provide partial amnesty for separatist fighters in Chechnya as part of the Kremlin's plan to stabilize the war-torn Russian republic.
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