Aleksandr Veshnyakov (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
March 15, 2007 -- Outgoing Russian Electoral Commission Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov says he does not intend to pursue a political career.
In his first public comments since his de facto dismissal on March 13, Veshnyakov said he had received offers to enter politics from three parties.
President Vladimir Putin effectively dismissed Veshnyakov when he did not include his name on a list of nominees for a new electoral commission.
Democracy In Russia
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
DO RUSSIANS LIKE THEIR GOVERNMENT? During a briefing at RFE/RL's Washington office on November 15, Richard Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Aberdeen, discussed the results of 14 surveys he has conducted since 1992 on Russian public opinion about democracy and the country's development. He discussed the implications of these opinions for relations with the West and for Russia's 2008 presidential election.