Publication: Monitor Volume: 1 Issue: 156

Elections were held yesterday for governors in twelve Russian regions: Maritime Krai and Belgorod, Lipetsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Orenburg, Tambov, Tver and Tomsk Oblasts — and for a mayor in Yaroslavl. In Maritime Krai in the Far East, the strong-willed incumbent, Yevgeny Nazdratenko, is reported to have won with over 60 percent of the vote. (9) This popular mandate will strengthen Nazdratenko’s hand in his continuing struggle with the federal center for greater autonomy for his region, which is increasingly looking away from Moscow and toward markets on the Pacific rim.