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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lebed Launches His 'Common Sense'

Some politicians may have been burned by their literary efforts recently, but that has not deterred Alexander Lebed, former presidential candidate and the man who ended the war in Chechnya.


On Wednesday, he launched his new book titled "The Ideology of Common Sense."


Unlike First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais and his co-authors who were caught red-faced receiving a $450,000 advance for their literary effort, Lebed said he will not receive any fee for his work. It is just his way of getting his message out to average readers.


"I simply need to speak forth," Lebed said at the launch.


The 110-page paperback is Lebed's assessment of reforms in Russia and it comes as no surprise that the former secretary of the Security Council and military hero completely disapproves of almost everything that has happened in Russia since about 1913.


Lebed, who is well known for his laconic, blunt speech, said the book gives the basic platform of his People's Republican Party, which will back him when he makes his next run for the presidency.


"I definitely will take part in the presidential race in the year 2000 or earlier," Lebed said.


"Frankly, I'm sick and tired of the bedlam. I intend to put an end to it in a civilized manner, to the satisfaction of all citizens of Russia," he added.


According to the book, Lebed's intentions are to conduct tax and army reform while protecting the disadvantaged.


He promises only blood, sweat and tears on army reform.


"Prosperous, wealthy Americans worked on the creation of a professional army for more than 10 years. But we, while flashing our naked democratic backside, want to solve the problem in three years," he writes.


Lebed insisted that he did not employ a ghost writer.


"You read the book from start to finish and you will realize that I am the author," Lebed said.


The book certainly sounds like Lebed, written in straightforward, direct language. Sentences of three words are common. Sometimes even one or two. Only Lebed's deep bass voice is missing.


"The book is written with a view to the average reader. I do not attempt to deal with anything excessively complicated in it," Lebed said. "I did not set myself the task of dazzling the Moscow political crowd."


To make the book more accessible to the public, Lebed told the publishers to sell it at cost, which he estimated at 2,500 rubles to 3,000 rubles (about 50 cents).


Lebed said 300,000 copies of the book will be published in the cities of Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, Krasnodar in Southern Russia and Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga. Lebed said that by publishing 100,000 copies in each of the cities he wants to ensure that the book will be distributed all across Russia.


The book will only come out later in Moscow.


A military man who spent most of his life in the provinces and in various war zones, Lebed said he does not care about the capital because it is irrelevant to what is happening in the rest of Russia.