Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
* An opposition politician who won a rare landslide victory against the ruling United Russia party in a mayoral election last year was charged along with four of his colleagues on Thursday with extorting a 14 million ruble ($420,000) bribe, investigators said
* The management of a state farm in Russia has been fined more than 11 million rubles ($330,000) for using banned hazardous pesticides to grow vegetables that it then labeled as organically grown, the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) said
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