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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

Gennady Zyuganov



Gennady Zyuganov
Gennady Zyuganov helped to found the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in 1990, as the Soviet Union began to unravel, and became its head in 1992. Aged 55, he's a former mathematics teacher who came second in the 1996 presidential election, gaining 40% in the second round runoff against Boris Yeltsin.

He is as much a Russian nationalist as a Communist, and regards Russia's current weakness as a dangerous development in a world where he says Slavic culture has traditionally acted as a counterbalance to Western individualism.

Certain to be a contender for the presidency in June, his political ambitions are hampered by a lack of charisma and a stiff, self-conscious manner.