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Yanukovych To Visit Russia This Month

Viktor Yanukovych (right) with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of his failed bid for the Ukrainan presidency in 2004 (epa) August 8, 2006 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Boris Tarasyuk said Ukraine's newly appointed prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, is planning a visit to Russia later this month.

Yanukovych was named prime minister by his rival, President Viktor Yushchenko, on August 3 after a four-month political struggle to form a government.


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Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych addresses Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada on August 6, 2006 (TASS)

UP FROM THE ASHES. On August 4, 2006, the Ukrainian legislature ended four months of political standoff by confirming Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister. Yanukovych's pro-Russian Party of Regions won the largest block of seats in the country's inconclusive March legislative elections. His confirmation capped a remarkable political comeback for Yanukovych after his defeat by Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine's Orange Revolution....(more)


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