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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lebed Denies Report

MOSCOW -- Alexander Lebed denied media reports that he would run for president in 2000, saying Friday that he hadn't made up his mind yet.

On Thursday, Lebed, governor of the Krasnoyarsk region, appeared to declare his intention to run, saying that Russia needed a military man at the helm.

"In Russia, it is not only possible, but necessary. Nobody will believe in us without a general [in power]," he said.

He said Friday that his comments Thursday had been misunderstood. "I will only run if they need me," he said.