ZUBOV AND LEBED CLASH ON TV

Author: Tatyana Golubovich

ZUBOV AND LEBED CLASH ON TV. (By Tatyana Golubovich. Kommersant-Daily, May 14, 1998, p. 3. Excerpts:) Krasnoyarsk - The Krasnoyarsk Territory gubernatorial election, the second round of which will be held this Sunday [May 17], is nearing its culmination. Yesterday Valery Zubov and Aleksandr Lebed met for the first time on live local television. And today [popular singer] Alla Pugachova is flying out to the territory's capital to persuade Krasnoyarsk voters to support the incumbent governor. . . .

For a long time it was uncertain whether the televised debate would actually come off. There were even arguments over the choice of moderator: Station executives proposed a female journalist, but both campaign headquarters said that they "would prefer a guy." To avoid heightening tensions further, the station eventually came up with one. . . .

[In the end,] the meeting was fairly peaceful. Lebed addressed Zubov as "Mikhalych"1 and asked repeatedly about the sources of the governor's campaign funds. The governor countered by reminding the general of Moscow scandals linked to his name and mildly reproached him for naivete about the daily realities of life in Krasnoyarsk. There was palpable tension in the studio only when Zubov asked his rival to comment on Boris Berezovsky's remark that "Jewish capital in Russia lacks the fists of a Lebed." The general thought for a moment and replied that he had put a stop to two wars and therefore had not used his fists for a long time, and that Berezovsky had not financed him. With that, the debate ended. . . .

1[Zubov's patronymic Mikhailovich, pronounced colloquially. Addressing a person by patronymic alone suggests folksy familiarity combined with respect. - Trans.]

But the biggest hit of the final days of campaigning will evidently be today's arrival in Krasnoyarsk of Alla Pugachova. . . . According to the governor's campaign staff, [she] is coming . . . simply ...

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