Alaska delegation attends inaugural for new Chukotka governor

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2001

NOME (AP) -- The Chukotka Region in the Russian Far East has a new governor with Tuesday's inauguration of Roman Abramovich.

A delegation of Alaskans attended the ceremonies at Anadyr, Russia, and used the occasion to meet with local officials about changes in getting visas, educational exchanges and tourism.

Abramovich was elected last month with about 90 percent of the vote.

He succeeds incumbent Gov. Alexander Nazarof, who had been in power for the past decade. Nazarof, who is under investigation for tax fraud, dropped out of the race.

Abramovich is said to be one of Russia's richest men, having amassed a fortune by acquiring former Soviet oil and gas assets.

Chukotka is across the Bering Strait from Alaska.

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