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Alexander I. Lebed

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Considered by many to be Russia's Colin Powell, Lebed is a former Red Army General and Afghan War hero. He is now a popular politican and was once considered a likely successor in the Russian presidency to Boris Yeltsin.

Lebed says he is no longer a Communist, but unlike other former party members who expediently wrapped themselves in the patriotism of the Russian Orthodox Church, he says he remains an atheist.

--from a October 13, 1995 profile written by Alessandra Stanley for the New York Times.