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Russian state TV reported that controversial far-right politician Dmytro Yarosh was leading Ukraine's May 25 presidential election, even though by all indications he wasn't even close.

Displaying figures purportedly taken from Ukraine's official election website, Channel One anchorwoman Irada Zeinalova announced that Right Sector leader Yarosh was comfortably ahead in the race, with more than 37 percent of the vote.

The report was illustrated with a screenshot of a website adorned with the title "Ukraine's Presidential Election" that appeared to be from the official Central Election Commission.

The announcer acknowledged that the figures, coming as the vote was still being counted, were rather "strange."

"It's unclear what it means -- because it is radically different from exit poll data by four pollsters," news anchor Zeinalova said. "According to exit polls, Petro Poroshenko is leading with 55.9 percent."

Perhaps the strangest thing is how such obviously questionable figures could be broadcast on Russian national television.

Ukrainian media reported shortly before the vote that the Central Election Commission website had been targeted by a cyberattack.

Interfax news agency quoted Ukrainian officials as saying on May 26 the information about Yarosh's alleged lead "was prepared in advance" by hackers, and was "stored on Russian Internet resources."

In the end, official preliminary results showed Yarosh far out of the running after receiving slightly above 1 percent of the vote. With votes from more than half of the precincts counted on May 26, Poroshenko was in position to win in the first round, with nearly 54 percent.

Yarosh, 42, is a nationalist leader, known for his anti-Russian remarks. He calls Russia Ukraine's "eternal foe," and has said a war between Russia and Ukraine is "inevitable."

Right Sector's page on the Russian social-networking site VKontakte has called on Doku Umarov, a Chechen militant and Russia's most-wanted terrorist, to intensify "his fight" against Russia.

Moscow accuses Yarosh of publicly calling on anti-Russian forces to orchestrate terror attacks against Russia, and Russian media frequently refers to him as being a fascist.

In March, Russia requested Interpol to arrest Yarosh. A Russian lawmaker has even called on Russian security services to assassinate Yarosh.

The Twitter hashtag #YaroshBusinessCard (#ВизитнаяКарточкаЯроша #ВизиткаЯроша) emerged in April after the Russian news site LifeNews claimed a Yarosh business card was found at the scene of a deadly shoot-out in eastern Ukraine.

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Russia -- Police officer exchange cigarets for sweets on during World No Tobacco Day at Yaroslavsky railway station in Moscow, 31May2012
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MONDAY, May 26:

: A ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) begins in Algeria (to May 29).

Azerbaijan: Foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Turkey meet in Baku to discuss bilateral and trilateral ties.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visits Sarajevo (to May 27).

EU/Russia/Ukraine: Berlin hosts tripartite gas talks between the EU, Ukraine, and Russia.

​EU/Iran: European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif meet in Istanbul to discuss Teheran's nuclear program.

Georgia: Independence Day.

India: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Hamid Karzai visit New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

Ukraine: The international observers monitoring May 25 Ukrainian presidential election present their preliminary post-election statement in Kyiv.

TUESDAY, May 27:

EU: Brussels hosts an informal dinner of EU heads of state or government.

Iran: UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed begins a fact-finding mission to Sweden, Austria, and Italy, which host significant Iranian diaspora populations (to June 6).

U.S./Afghanistan: United States Institute of Peace in Washington hosts a discussion titled "The Future of Afghan Policing: Security After NATO Withdrawal."

U.S./Russia: The Brookings Institution in Washington hosts a discussion titled "The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets Are Driving Change."


Armenia: Republic Day.

Azerbaijan: Republic Day.

U.S./Bosnia-Herzegovina: United States Institute of Peace in Washington hosts a discussion titled "From Dayton to Europe: A New Beginning for Post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina?"

World: Geneva hosts the annual International Labor Conference (to June 12).


Kazakhstan: The presidents of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia plan to sign a treaty on the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EES) at a summit in Astana.

UK/Pakistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Pakistan: War and State-building in Comparative Perspective."

U.S./Asia: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs hosts a hearing titled "Energy Needs in Asia: The U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Option."

FRIDAY, May 30:

Asia: The 13th IISS Asia Security Summit opens in Singapore (to June 1).

NATO: The situation in Ukraine is expected to be the main agenda item for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly spring session in Vilnius (to June 1).

U.S.: Carnegie Endowment in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Al-Qaeda Transformed: The Core, Its Affiliates, and Their Splinters."

U.S.: Heritage Foundation in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Russian Military Modernization and Military Operations in the Crimea, North Caucasus, and Georgia."


Global: World No Tobacco Day.

SUNDAY, June 1:

Global: International Children's Day.

UN: Global Day of Parents.

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