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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Shmakov Still Union Head

The Federation of Independent Trade Unions re-elected its incumbent leader, Mikhail Shmakov, to another five-year term on Friday.

Shmakov got 568 votes at the meeting of federation members, with only 11 delegates voting against him, federation secretary Alexander Shershukov said.

Shmakov has been chairman of the federation for 17 years and has been re-elected three times.

He was the sole candidate for the position after State Duma Labor and Social Policy Committee chairman Andrei Isayev withdrew his name from the ballot on Wednesday.