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Russian Elections 1999
The elections are as much a contest between personalities, and the power blocs they control, as a conventional electoral race between parties. Click the names on the right for an at-a-glance guide to the key figures and political groupings.
FATHERLAND-ALL-RUSSIA
UNITY
UNION OF RIGHT-WING FORCES
YABLOKO
OUR HOME IS RUSSIA
THE COMMUNIST PARTY
Boris YELTSIN
Yury LUZHKOV
Yevgeny PRIMAKOV
Vladimir PUTIN
Grigory YAVLINSKY
Gennady ZYUGANOV
Aleksander LEBED
Vladimir
ZHIRINOVSKY

Aleksander Lebed



Aleksander Lebed
Alexander Lebed, the gruff Russian general who came third in the 1996 presidential election, is currently in the political wilderness, as governor of Siberia's Krasnoyarsk territory.

As a provincial governor, he is a member of Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, and is not running for election to the lower house, the State Duma. However, Mr Lebed, aged 49, is still seen as a possible contender for the presidency in June, or in 2004.

There may also be a role for him if or when Russia's military action in Chechnya comes to an end, and political negotiations begin. He remains one of the few Russian leaders trusted by the Chechens, after he negotiated an end to the previous conflict in 1996.