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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Governors Clear First Round of Vote




State Duma speaker Gennady Seleznov and retired General Boris Gromov finished first and second Sunday in first-round voting for governor of the Moscow region, knocking incumbent Anatoly Tyazhlov out of the race.


The Moscow region race was one of 10 regional elections held across Russia on Sunday. Four regional leaders, including Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, won first-round victories, and five others face runoffs because no candidate got more than 50 percent.


Seleznyov won 28 percent and Gromov, former commander of Soviet forces in Afghanistan, received 21 percent to Tyazhlov's 12 percent. The two winners will compete in a runoff scheduled for Jan. 9. The Moscow region surrounds but does not include the capital.


Seleznyov, a St. Petersburg native and a leader of the Communist Party, ran ahead of three local candidates supported by Fatherland-All Russia on their own territory - Tyazhlov, Gromov and businessman and former biathlon champion Alexander Tikhonov.


In the Primorye region, Governor Yevgeny Nazdratenko, a member of the pro-Kremlin Unity movement, won re-election with 80 percent despite the region's miserable economic straits.


Nazdratenko's main potential opponents were forced to quit the race before the elections.


One of the governor's main foes, local Duma Deputy Svetlan a Orlova, was removed from the list just 48 hours before the vote by the local elections commission, controlled by Nazdratenko.


Another governor winning big was Vologda region Governor Vyacheslav Pozgalyov, a member of the Our Home Is Russia party. Pozgalyov was re-elected with an overwhelming 82.9 percent over a Union of Right Forces candidate.


In the Yaroslavl region, Governor Anatoly Lisitsyn, a member of the political council of Fatherland-All Russia, was re-elected with 65 percent, defeating the head of the regional Duma, Sergei Vakhrukov, who received 14 percent.


Novosibirsk region Governor Vitaly Mukha, a Fatherland-All Russia supporter, was eliminated, finishing third with 18 percent, while his arch foe, Novosibirsk Mayor Viktor Tolokonsky got 25 percent and Deputy Finance Minister Ivan Starikov won 20 percent of the vote.


A runoff is also to take place in the Orenburg region, where Governor Vladimir Yelagin, a former Our Home Is Russia member who recently switched to the pro-Kremlin Unity bloc, received 34.4 percent. Communist Alexei Chernyshov finished second with 23.9 percent.


Forty percent of Tver region voters supported Governor Vladimir Platov, a Unity member.


Communist State Duma Deputy Vladimir Bayunov ran second and made the runoff.


Tambov region Governor Alexander Ryabov also faces a runoff after getting 29 percent to 28 percent for Oleg Betin, President Boris Yeltsin's representative in the region.