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Russia: Former Communists Win Elections

Moscow, 9 April 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Russian news agencies say that Leonid Korotkov, a former communist, was elected governor of the Far East Amur region. The agencies also say that Boris Zolotaryov, a director of the Yukos oil company, was elected governor of the Evenkia autonomous area. Preliminary official results from yesterday's elections in the Russian region of Tula show incumbent Governor Sassily Starodubtsev leading the race -- but falling short of the majority needed to win outright in the first round.

After the first round, Tula Central Election Commission Chairman Vyacheslav Nazarenko said that with 65 percent of the ballots counted, Starodubtsev has about 49 percent of the vote.

Andrei Samoshin, chief administrator in Tula's Lenin District, is running in second with about 20 percent of the vote while Viktor Sokolovsky, chief of the firm Centregas, is in third with about 19 percent.

Andrei Brezhnev, the grandson of the late Soviet Communist Party chief Leonid Brezhnev, is trailing with just over one percent of the vote.