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(From The Moscow Times)
President Vladimir Putin's picks for the Public Chamber, originally proclaimed as a civil society watchdog, so far include Kremlin-friendly figures such as theater director Alexander Kalyagin, Ekspert magazine editor Valery Fadeyev and champion gymnast Alina Kabayeva.
But some well-known human rights activists said they would not participate in the chamber, regardless of whether they received an invitation.
According to law, Putin must name 42 out of the chamber's 126 members, who then select another 42 members from national nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations. These two groups will then choose the final 42 members …