ST. PETERSBURG, Apr 4 (RFE/RL) - Our correspondent in St Petersburg
reports that Russia's second city is bucking the national electoral
In State Duma elections last December, Russian voters gave Gennady
Zyuganov's communists the largest share of the vote. In
St Petersburg, the communists finished behind Grigory Yavlinsky's
Yabloko, and barely edged out the pro-government Our Home Is Russia
Russia's second city is bucking the national electoral trend again.
Public opinion polls of voter preference for the June presidential
election suggest that St Petersburg's voters intend to shun the
National polls show Gennady Zyuganov with a strong lead. A recent
telephone poll in St Petersburg of 1007 adults, published in the
newspaper Nevskoye Vremya, places Zyuganov in fourth place behind
President Boris Yeltsin, who is polling at 24 percent, liberal
economist Grigory Yavlinsky with 17 percent and eye surgeon and Duma
Deputy Svyetaslav Fyodorov with 16 percent. Zyuganov draws nine
percent support in St, Petersburg.
In St Petersburg's landmark local gubernatorial race, incumbent
Anatoly Sobchak leads all rivals. Voting is scheduled May 19.
Sobchak is completing a five-year term as St Petersburg's
first and last mayor. The city's executive office has been renamed
"governor." A recent poll shows him with 30 percent support. Mr.
Sobchak's closest rival is former Federation Council Deputy Alexander
Belyaev with about six percent in the poll.