The central electoral commission's head Alexander Veshnyakov has called upon the Altai Republic residents in Southern Siberia to be active in the second round of premier elections scheduled for January 6. Alexander Veshnyakov is returning to Moscow today after his meetings with Altai government officials, state assembly deputies and election committee's members. To vie in the second round are Duma deputy, Russian Agrarian Party chairman Mikhail Lapshin and current Altai prime minister Semyon Zubakin. Not less than 50 percent of voters should come to the polling stations for the elections to come off.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.