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The Republican elections director in St. Louis City will head to Kosovo this week to oversee the country's elections.

Scott Leiendecker leaves for the Balkan nation on Dec 8.  He's part of a team from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, which provides technical support to countries who might not be accustomed to holding democratic elections.

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 11, 2008 - On Monday, the crisis in Georgia continued to escalate. Russia opened a new military front by taking over an army base in Abkhazia, a pro-Russian separatist enclave, while Georgians struggled to recover the separatist region of South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili accused Russia of "ethnic cleansing," and Russia ignored Georgia's offer of a ceasefire. Questions loom as to how far the Russian army will penetrate Georgia proper.