The Russian Central Election Commission on Friday registered 442 candidates as deputies of the fifth-convocation State Duma. The election process is concluded with the procedure, commission secretary Nikolai Konkin said. There are eight seats more, and the commission is waiting for documents from candidates, as five days remain to submit them, he added. Fifty seven communist deputies, 40 from the LDPR, 38 from the Just Russia party and 307 from United Russia are registered as of this Friday, Konkin said.
A soloist of the Alash ensemble, 23-year-old Bady-Dorzhu Ondar, has been awarded the title People’s Khoomeizhi of Tuva. Sholban Kara-ool, head of the Republic of Tuva, made the announcement on the 15th anniversary of the young throat singer’s professional debut. Bady-Dorzhu Ondar’s career started early. At the age of eight, the young throat singer began to perform with his teacher, the well known khoomeizhi Kongar-ool Ondar. The teacher and student were guests on one of the most highly rated American talk shows, the David Letterman Show. Later, 9-year-old Bady-Dorzhu Ondar performed Tuvan throat singing on another popular talk show, hosted by the comic TV personality Chevy Chase.