|In 1973 Alexander Lebed graduated from
the Ryazan high airborne commander's college
named after Leninsky Komsomol.
Then he served as a training platoon commander in
the college .
In 1981-1982 Lebed was a batallion
commander in Afghanistan.
In 1985 on graduating from the military
academy named after M.Frunze he was appointed a
deputy commander of paratroopers regiment in
Further Alexander Lebed occupied different posts
in Kostroma and Pskov.
Since March 1988 - commander of Tula
Alexander Lebed took part in the operations in
"hot spots" on USSR territory - in
conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijani in
Baku (end of 1988 - beginning of 1989), in
clashes in Tbilisi (April 1989), unrest in Baku
and other Azerbaijan towns (beginnin g 1990)
In 1990 Alexander Lebed was a delegate of
28th CPSU Congress and Inaugural Congress of the
Communist Party of Russia. He was elected a
member of the Communist Party of Russia's Central
In February 1991 he was appointed deputy
commander of paratroops forces in charge of
military training and institutions of higher
In August 1991 during failed coup attempt
took part in organizing security of the Russian
Federation Supreme Soviet building ("White
House") in Moscow.
On June 23, 1992 arrived to Tiraspol to
end armed unrest in the region. In a short time
was appointed commander of the 14th Guardian Army
located in the Dniestr region.
In June 1995 he was retired at the
President's order. .
On December 17,1995 was elected a deputy
of the State Duma from Tula electoral district
In the beginning of January 1996 the
initiative group nominated Alexander Lebed as a
On April 19,1996 the former 14th army
commander was registered as a Presidential
candidate by the Central Electoral Commission.
Lebed's supporting group collected 1,919,913
signatures in 72 regions of Russia and two
foreign countries, Moldova and Estonia.
Only 1,896,445 signatures were registered by the
Central Electoral Commission.
On April 24,1996 Alexander Lebed got the
candidate's certificate. On June 16, 1996
Russia's Presidential elections took place.
According to the preliminary returns received by
12.00 on June 18,1996 Alexander Lebed got 14,7%
of votes. Since Lebed took the third place, he
left the race.
On June 18,1996 Alexander Lebed was appointed
Secretary of the Russian Federation Security
Council and Aide of President of the Russian
Federation in charge of national security.