Vasily Starodubtsev has remained the governor of the Tula Region which is situated to the south of the Moscow Region. As RIA Novosti was told in the regional election commission, according to the preliminary results, 71.43 percent of the electors have voted for the incumbent head of the regional administration. His rival, Viktor Sokolovsky, the head of the Tsentrogaz company, has netted 17.45 percent of the votes. At the elections in 1997, approximately the same number of the electorate voted for him. The number of those who came to the polling stations on Sunday and voted against everybody amounts to 9.65 percent.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin would never fall to the level of personal insults, Kremlin official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said