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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

Our Home is Russia



Our Home is Russia
Our Home is Russia was created at the Kremlin's behest in 1995 in the same way that Unity was created in 1999. The then prime minister, Viktor Chernomyrdin, was appointed its leader, a position he still holds. It formed the second largest faction in the last parliament, but now appears destined to sink into obscurity, having gained only 1% of the vote in the December election.

Before the start of the election campaign Our Home is Russia was joined by "Forward Russia" the party of a fiery former finance minister, Boris Fyodorov. His political future, like that of Mr Chernomyrdin, is now unclear. Mr Chernomyrdin had earlier been regarded as potential presidential candidate.