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Rice Expresses Concern About Democracy in Russia


U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has expressed concern about democracy in Russia.

Speaking en route to Moscow today/Tuesday, she said trends in Russia have not been positive on the democratic side.

She expressed concern about the state of the news media and the centralization of power in Russia. In Moscow, she is to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

They are expected to discuss President Bush's visit to Moscow for May 9th commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe.

After her arrival, the secretary's motorcade was diverted to the U.S. ambassador's residence because of a bomb threat at the hotel where she is to stay. Authorities are investigating.

After her Moscow talks, Ms. Rice travels to Lithuania for a NATO ministerial meeting.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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