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Abramovich Quits As Regional Governor


http://gdb.rferl.org/6658E404-37D0-45A6-92E9-9C2ED7AABF50_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/6658E404-37D0-45A6-92E9-9C2ED7AABF50_mw800_mh600.jpg Roma Abramovich (file photo) (epa) December 20, 2006 -- Billionaire Roman Abramovich has tendered his resignation as governor of the Chukotka region in Russia's Far East.


A Kremlin spokesman said President Vladimir Putin had not yet accepted the resignation.


Abramovich was first elected governor of Chukotka in 2000 and in 2005 Putin nominated him for a second term.


The "Forbes" magazine ranks Abramovich as Russia's richest man, with an estimated wealth of $18.3 billion.


(Reuters, AP)

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