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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rutskoi Allowed to Ru

KURSK, Central Russia () -- The hardliner who once served as Boris Yeltsin's vice president and was jailed after rebelling against him got a boost Thursday in his attempt at another political comeback.

Alexander Rutskoi got the formal go-ahead from electoral authorities in Kursk to run for governor of this central Russian region, Interfax reported. Rutskoi contended he would "give up politics'' and focus on administrative and economic duties if he wins the Oct. 20 election in his native city. He said he was ready to cooperate with Yeltsin as governor.

While the electoral commission said he was eligible to run, Rutskoi still needs to collect 10,000 voter signatures.