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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Alexei Lebed Quits Poll in Krasnoyarsk

With only a month left before the Krasnoyarsk gubernatorial election, Alexei Lebed pulled out of the crowded race Tuesday, saying a fight for control of the resource-rich Siberian region was turning ugly.

Lebed is the younger brother of Krasnoyarsk Governor Alexander Lebed, who died in a helicopter crash earlier this year, and the governor of the neighboring Khakassia region.

"The fight for the post of my late brother is very dirty and will not end in September, and I do not want to take part in it," Lebed said in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Interfax reported.

Lebed was one of the first candidates to register for the Sept. 8 poll in Krasnoyarsk, where his brother had governed since 1998, and was considered one of the top contenders.

Alexei Titkov, a regional elections analyst with the Moscow Carnegie Center, said Lebed probably withdrew his candidacy after deciding his chances of winning were not high enough and a defeat could deal a fatal blow to his career in Khakassia.

"Lebed has financial resources, but they are not sufficient to win the election," Titkov said.

He said Lebed had the Kremlin largely to thank for his political career and perhaps he was not getting its backing in the Krasnoyarsk race.

In 1992, Colonel Lebed and his regiment were transferred to Khakassia, and the following year, during then-President Boris Yeltsin's standoff with a rebellious parliament, Lebed pledged his support to the embattled leader.

Two years later he was elected to the State Duma, and in 1996 he became Khakassia governor.

A total of 29 candidates have applied to run in the Krasnoyarsk gubernatorial race, and 13 candidates have been registered, including Krasnoyarsk Mayor Pyotr Pimashkov, regional legislative assembly Speaker Alexander Uss, Taimyr Governor Alexander Khloponin and Duma Deputy Sergei Glazyev, a Communist. With Lebed gone, Uss is widely seen as the favorite due to his popularity with the voters and alleged close ties with Russian Aluminum, which owns the region's most profitable plants.