Roman Abramovich seeks reelection to Chukotka parliament
Russian tycoon Roman Abramovich intends to run for reelection to the legislative body of Chukotka, in Russia`s north-east, a deputy chairman of the electoral commission said on Friday.
"Abramovich personally submitted the documents to the district electoral commission in Pevek [a town in the Chukotka Autonomous District]," Anna Seredyuk said.
A candidate has to collect 134 signatures to be registered for the election due in March 2011, she said. After that the commission will make the decision on his registration.
Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner, Abramovich was elected as governor of Chukotka in December 2000. He resigned in July 2008 but continued to fund charity projects in the region.
In October 2008 the ex-governor, who was awarded the Order of Honor for his contribution to the development of the region, was elected lawmaker of the Chukotka Duma, gaining 96.99% of the vote. He was later elected its chairman.
Earlier this month, Abramovich said he was ready to finance sports facilities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Russia won the bid to host the World Cup for the first time, defeating bids by England, Portugal/Spain and Holland/Belgium.