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(RFE/RL) July 25, 2006 -- Russian prosecutors have charged Aleksei Lebed, the governor of the resource-rich Siberian republic of Khakasia, with abuse of office.


He is accused of spending money intended for local colleges on his holidays abroad.


Similar charges were also filed against a number of other top Khakasia officials.


Aleksei Lebed is the brother of General Aleksandr Lebed, a one-time presidential candidate who died in a helicopter crash in 2002.


(ITAR-TASS, Interfax)

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