won despite Kremlin opposition and the presence on the ballot of two other candidates named Lodkin, one of whom was also named Yuri.) In seven contests held December 17, incumbents survived Kremlin-backed challengers in Arkhangel, Ryazan and Stavropol. Kremlin-backed challengers ousted incumbents in Marii-El and Komi-Permyatsk. Communist challengers without Kremlin support defeated incumbents in Ivanovo and Kamchatka. More races will be decided December 24.