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BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday

launched a crew of three to the 12-year-old Mir space station,

including a former adviser to President Boris Yeltsin, a space

official said.

A Proton rocket carrying a cramped Soyuz capsule lifted off

from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0943 GMT, and was

expected to dock on Saturday with the orbiting Mir, said an

official from the Russian Space Agency.

"The ascent is going smoothly," a Mission Control official

said in a radio communication to the crew shortly after lift

off.

The crew included lawyer Yuri Baturin, 49, a former defence

adviser to Yeltsin, and professional cosmonauts Gennady Padalka,

40, the crew commander, and flight engineer Sergei Avdeyev, 42.

Television footage from inside the capsule showed Baturin

during the launch dressed in a spacesuit and gripping a flight

manual. A lucky stuffed animal hung from the ceiling nearby.

"Everything is working according to plan, we feel well,"

Padalka said.

The former Kremlin adviser Baturin will make a comparatively

short visit, spending less than two weeks on Mir before

returning with the current crew of Talgat Musabayev and Nikolai

Budarin on August 25.

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Foto: REUTERS. Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov shakes hands with Yuri Baturin, a former defence adviser to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, as crew commander Gennady Padalka (2R) and flight engineer Sergei Avdeyev look on at the cosmodrome in Baikonur August 13. Russia on Thursday launched a crew of three to the 12-year-old Mir space station, a space official said.

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