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Putin Nominates Three Regional Leaders For New Terms

Ingushetian President Murat Zyazikov Moscow, 12 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- President Vladimir Putin today nominated three Russian regional leaders for new terms under a recent law that eliminates gubernatorial elections.

The Kremlin said Putin submitted the candidacies of Ingushetian President Murat Zyazikov, Rostov regional Governor Vladimir Chub, and Smolensk regional Governor Viktor Maslov to the regions' legislators, whose approval is needed under the law enacted last year.

Putin pushed the law through Russia's largely Kremlin-controlled parliament as part of a package of electoral changes he introduced after a series of deadly terrorist attacks.

The Kremlin said the changes would strengthen federal authority and help stem terrorism. Western governments, including the United States, have criticized the laws.

(AP, RFE/RL's Russian Service)