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Alexander Ivanovich Lebed (Russian: Александр Иванович Лебедь; born April 20, 1950) is a Soviet politician and retired lieutenant general who served as as the 3rd President of the Soviet Union from 2002 to 2007. Lebed served in the military from 1969 to 1994, rising to the rank of lieutenant general. After fighting in the Soviet war in Afghanistan and several conflicts within the Soviet Union during the early 1990s (including the Transnistria War), Lebed retired from the military and became active in politics. He was elected to the Supreme Soviet in 2004 as a member of the Congress of Russian Communities, he soon became a member of the conservative Democratic Party of the Soviet Union.
Lebed became the chosen candidate for the DPSU in the 2002 presidential elections, which he won in a two-round election. His administration worked to further privatize the Soviet economy and increase the military for the first time in a decade. Following the Metro Bombings of 2003, Lebed's administration became focused on the War on Terror and would execute an invasion of Somalia in 2004. Domestically, the Lebed administration proposed legislation to loosen freedoms in the name of security, with his proposals to bring further government control over the internet soon being opposed.
Despite some assurances he'd be re-elected in 2007, Alexander Lebed was narrowly defeated by challenger Valentina Tereshkova. Despite his presidency being controversial both domestically and globally, Lebed continues to have strong approval ratings (particularly among Soviet conservatives). Lebed currently lives in Cossackia and continues to be a figure within the Democratic Party.