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The group comprises Russia, China, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. India, Pakistan, Iran, and Mongolia attend meetings as observers.

"The SCO is evolving into a kind of organization for countries that feel themselves excluded from the global system, who feel victimized by the US-dominated unipolar order," says Alexander Dugin, who heads the right-wing International EurAsian Movement, an influential group of Russian businessmen, intellectuals, and officials. "Now this unipolar world is being shaken to its foundations by economic crisis and imperial retreat, and it's time to define a new project of a multi-polar world."

Never mind Iran's troubles at home

In a closed-door meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Tuesday, Ahmadinejad is thought to have explained his position on the controversial elections. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov later told journalists that Iran's elections are an "internal affair," adding that "we welcome [Ahmedinejad] on Russian soil and see it as symbolic that he made his first visit to Russia. This allows hope for progress in bilateral affairs."

Members urge non-dollar currency

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