. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kurgan Casts Ballots for Governor

KURGAN, Western Siberia -- Voters in the Kurgan region in Russia's Ural Mountains cast ballots Sunday in elections for a local governor who will join his counterparts in the upper chamber of parliament.

The picture in Kurgan was classic for regional elections in Russia, and it repeated the array of candidates and their alliances in other regional races over the past two months.

The current president-appointed Kurgan governor, Anatoly Sobolev, was running against the hardline regional legislature speaker, Oleg Bogomolov, and entrepreneur Anatoly Koltashov.

Polls held before Sunday's vote showed Koltashov with the highest approval rating, followed by Bogomolov and Sobolev, Itar-Tass reported.

The governors become members of parliament's upper house, the 178-member Federation Council. Most were previously handpicked by President Boris Yeltsin, but the governors are being popularly elected throughout Russia this fall.