Stanford professor to be ambassador to Russia

PALO ALTO, Calif.

47-year-old political science professor Michael McFaul is a leading expert on U.S. - Russia relations. If he is confirmed by the Senate, he would be the first non-diplomat to hold the post in 30 years.

Mcfaul currently serves on the National Security Council and has been a key architect of President Obama's efforts to repair ties with Russia.

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