- Title: RUSSIA: ST. PETERSBURG VOTES FOR NEW GOVERNOR
- Date: 2nd June 1996
- Summary: ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, (JUNE 3, 1996) (REUTERS TELEVISION - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV'S FOUNTAINS OF PETRODVORETS (PETER PALACE) (2 SHOTS) 0.17 2. LV EXTERIORS POLLING STATION 0.29 3. SLV POLICEMEN VOTING AT POLLING STATION 0.40 4. MV ST PETERSBURG MAYOR ANATOLY SOBCHAK AND HIS WIFE AT POLLING STATION 1.05 5. MV PEOPLE VOTING 1.10 6. MV ANATOLY SOBCHAK VOTING 1.23 7. SCU ANATOLY SOBCHAK SAYING THAT IF ELECTED GOVERNOR HE WOULD GET RID OF THOSE CITY OFFICIALS WHO IGNORE THE NEEDS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE, WHO RULE BY COMMUNIST STANDARDS (RUSSIAN) 1.55 8. SLV SOBCHAK'S CONTENDER - VLADIMIR YAKOVLEV WALKING OUT OF POLLING STATION 2.01 9. SCU VLADIMIR YAKOVLEV SAYING THAT HE IS HAPPY BY THE FACT THAT WHOEVER THE WINNER WILL BE, HE REPRESENTS DEMOCRATIC CAMP AND THAT HAPPILY IT IS NOT A CHOICE BETWEEN COMMUNIST AND DEMOCRAT (RUSSIAN) 2.22 10. SLV YAKOVLEV WALKING AWAY FROM POLLING STATION 2.26 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 17th June 1996 13:00
- Location: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Reuters ID: LVA1BGXGPDJ1HL39W6UD0OOOE6C9
- Story Text: - INTRO: St. Petersburg, Russia's second city, has been voting for a new governor. Both candidates in this reformist stronghold say they will back President Yeltsin in national polls to be held on June 16.
------------------------------------------------------- The people of St.Petersburg chose between two reformist candidates on Sunday (June 3) in a run-off election for governor of the city.
City mayor Anatoly Sobchak and his deputy-turned-rival, Vladimir Yakovlev, have both said they would back President Boris Yeltsin in Russia's presidential election on June 16th.
St.Petersburg is a reformist stronghold and all other candidates, including the main communist challenger, were eliminated in the first round of voting two weeks ago.
Sobchak led in the first round with 29 per cent of votes and Yakovlev came second with almost 22 per cent. They had needed more than half of the votes for outright victory in the opening round and went through to the run-off as the top two.
Yeltsin, facing a strong communist challenge in the presidential poll, has not said which candidate he would prefer to win in St.Petersburg. The main battle for him appeared to be won when the communist bid failed in the first round.
The first unofficial results were expected late on Sunday or early on Monday.
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