May 18, 1998 |
Retired Gen. Alexander I. Lebed, the maverick politician feared by both the Kremlin and the Communist Party, returned to the forefront of national politics Sunday by winning the governorship of one of Russia's largest provinces. Reviving a political career that many pundits had declared over, Lebed defeated the incumbent governor of Krasnoyarsk, Valery Zubov, by a ratio of 56% to 39%, with 85% of the vote counted.
July 19, 1996 |
When the Mormons first came to the Russian capital about five years ago, city authorities gave the preachers from Utah what seemed an appropriate place to hold their prayer meetings: rooms in a ramshackle former Russian Orthodox monastery, closed decades before by the Soviet government. But as the strictures of communism fell away in the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, Russians were again permitted freedom of worship and, in 1993, President Boris N.
December 28, 1996 |
Alexander I. Lebed, the darling of the disaffected and political nemesis of Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin, resurfaced Friday after a mysterious two-month absence to stake his claim on the role of this nation's leader-in-waiting. Lebed reemerged onto the political scene with a freewheeling news conference, a feisty newspaper interview and the announcement that he is forming a new political party to present an opposition force to Yeltsin and his unpopular entourage.
October 9, 1996 |
Russian security chief Alexander I. Lebed, relishing his debut on the world political stage, emerged from NATO's military center praising the alliance and pledging closer cooperation. Lebed struck a moderate tone, in contrast to past outspoken attacks on NATO for its plans to expand eastward. The visit has been watched closely by Western officials eager to get his measure.
April 27, 1998 |
Former security chief Alexander I. Lebed finished first in the race for governor of a Siberian region but failed to win enough votes to avoid a runoff against the incumbent. Lebed hopes that a win in the gubernatorial race in Krasnoyarsk will serve as a steppingstone to the presidency. With 98% of the votes counted, Lebed was leading Gov. Valery Zubov by 45% to 36%. A Communist candidate was a distant third. A runoff in which Lebed is favored will be held May 17.
February 20, 1998 |
In the strange world of Russian politics, moving to a remote corner of Siberia can be the best formula for amassing power in Moscow. Such is the case for retired army general and ousted Security Council chief Alexander I. Lebed, who has launched his campaign for the presidential race in 2000 by announcing that he will run for governor of the Krasnoyarsk region in April. Lebed, who was fired by President Boris N.