Aleksandr Lebed, seen before Sunday’s parliamentary election as a strong challenger to President Boris Yeltsin, cried foul today over results giving his moderate nationalist party just a handful of seats. In what appeared to be his first public remarks since the election, Lebed said he would be ready to talk about the election outcome in more detail next week. "I am not going to give any comments before I investigate this terrible trickery for myself," said Lebed, a retired general. By this morning Lebed’s bloc had won only 4.1 percent of the votes under the party list system used to select half the Duma’s 450 deputies. Lebed himself won a seat in the Tula constituency, and will thus have a place in parliament. (6)
"There is an open and crude falsification under way," former Russian vice-president Aleksandr Rutskoi told Reuters by telephone. "The mood of the people in the country will be such after this fraud that we can expect serious upheavals." Rutskoi said his hard-line nationalist Derzhava movement had received 9.4 percent of the vote rather than the 2.5 percent given in official results. Other opposition groups had also been pushed below the 5 percent minimum to enter the State Duma lower house, he said. (7)
Only Four Parties Cleared 5 Percent Barrier.